Milk St., Boston, 19th century
Franklin’s Birthplace site directly across from Old South Meeting House on Milk Street is commemorated by a bust above the second floor facade of this building
Milk Street is a street in the financial district of Boston, Massachusetts.
Milk Street was one of Boston’s earliest highways. The name “Milk Street” was given to the street in 1708 due to the milk market at the location. One of the first post offices in Boston was located on the street in 1711, when the first regular postal routes to Maine, Plymouth and New York were established.
Grace Croft’s 1952 work, titled “History and Genealogy of Milk Family”, also proposes that Milk Street may have been named for John Milk, an early shipwright in Boston. The land was originally conveyed to his father, also John Milk, in October 1666.
Old South Meeting House is located at the corner of Milk and Washington. The street is also the home of Benjamin Franklin’s birthplace site.
1 Subway connection
2 See also
5 Further reading
The closest subway stop to Milk Street is State Street.
Old South Meeting House, at the corner of Washington St.
J.L. Cunningham, auctioneer, worked in Corinthian Hall, corner Federal St., 1826–1843
Benjamin Dearborn, inventor, lived on Milk St.
Abram French ran a crockery business on Milk St. in the 19th century
David Claypoole Johnston, artist, kept a studio on Milk St. in the 19th century
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Milk Street (Boston, Massachusetts).
^ a b c “The New England Magazine” v. 12, Making of America Project (New England Magazine Co., 1895)(accessed July 4, 2009)
^ Samuel Adams Drake, Old landmarks and historic personages of Boston (Roberts brothers, 1876)(accessed July 6, 2009 on Google Book Search)
^ Massachusetts Mercury, January 13, 1797
1723 map of Boston, showing Milk St. and vicinity
Apothecary, Milk St., c. 1825
Overview photo by J.W. Black, showing Milk Street and vicinity, 1860
City of Boston, Landmarks Commission. International Trust Company Building (45 Milk Street) Study Report, 1977
Coordinates: 42°21′26.53″N 71°03′16.45″W / 42.3573694°N 71.0545694°W / 42.3573694; -71.0545694
Streets and squares in Boston