Fascinating 1840 Broadside “South Reading”

Some things will have to speak for themselves.  This broadside, printed in 1840, was found in the archives of the Library of Congress.  Probably written by Lilley Eaton, no other information is presently known about this broadside.  But we’re on the hunt…

Its description of two churches and the pond that rivals Nahant in its beauty are downright lyrical.  The school that it describes is probably the South Reading Academy, a private academy associated with the Baptist Church and located in the vicinity of the present Lincoln Schoolhouse.  ***That building still stands and is part of our Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Wakefield.

Click here to view the Broadside, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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