Historic House Marker Program

Historic House ProgramHomeowners can now celebrate the rich architectural history of Medford with an attractive historical marker that shows the original date their house was built.

To find out how to research the history of your Medford house, see our printable brochure: Tracing the History of Your Medford House.

To order a historical marker, print and fill out our Historic House Marker Order Form.

 
This historic house marker program is a community pride outreach effort sponsored by the Medford Historical Society and sanctioned by the Medford Historical Commission to celebrate the residential historical heritage we enjoy and want to preserve in Medford.

Historical Markers

Each custom-made marker displays the official logo of the Medford Historical Society. The painted markers have a white background with black lettering and are designed for placement on the outside of your home. They measure 12 by 16 inches and are made of weatherproof MDO (medium density overlay) signboard which has been finished with three coats of special sign painter’s oil based primer and an enamel topcoat. Holes are pre-drilled and screws are provided for installation. Markers sell for $175 ($150 for Medford Historical Society members). Markers purchased by non-members include a free one year membership to the Society.

How do I order a historical marker?

Print and fill out our order form and include a copy of any documentation you may have (deed, city directory listing, building permit, survey, etc.) establishing your house’s construction date along with your check for $175 (if not a Medford Historical Society member) or $150 (if you are already a member). If you don’t have information on when your house was built, the Society will do a complimentary data search for the date. If the exact date cannot be determined, the word “circa” will be added to your marker date. Please mail your order form to the Medford Historical Society, 10 Governors Ave., Medford, MA 02155.

What does the marker say?

Each custom-made marker shows the date your home was built and displays the official logo of the Medford Historical Society. Where should I place my historic marker? The marker should be placed on the outside of your home, at eye level, facing the street. If architectural features or landscaping make that impractical, markers may be mounted at higher levels, including the second floor. Care should be taken to minimize confusion with your house number.

Where do I get information about my house?

The Medford Historical Society has information about many Medford homes and can do a complimentary data search on most pre-1907 homes for date of construction. If a more detailed investigation is needed, you will be asked to make a nominal $35 contribution. If you already know the date of construction of your house, please submit any proof you have for confirmation. The Medford Historical Society will do its best to correctly identify/authenticate the date your home was built. However, we cannot guarantee the absolute accuracy of the date due to the nature of many historical records. The Medford Historical Society reserves the right to deny specific requests for markers based on a review of historical data.

Who can participate in the historic marker program?

Any home in Medford, single or multifamily built in any year from 1630 to the present, qualifies for a historic marker.

How long does it take to produce each marker?

Your marker will be ready in approximately 4 to 6 weeks after you place your order.You will be notified by telephone and/or email when your marker is ready to be picked up.

If my marker is damaged, lost or stolen can I order a replacement marker?

Yes, replacement markers will be available.


Your participation in this program helps to support historic preservation programs at the Society, provides information about the City’s architectural development and builds a sense of pride in our community. The Medford Historical Society is a non-profit organization.

Medford Historical Society | 10 Governors Avenue | Medford, Massachusetts | 02155