THE MARKERS ARE BACK! As of February 6, 2023, we are happy to announce that the Marker Program has been restarted after having been temporarily suspended on March 2, 2022 due to supply issues.
Besides a date, each custom-made marker displays the official logo of the Medford Historical Society & Museum. House markers measure 11 inches high by 14 inches wide, with a graceful cove molding at the edge. They are built to withstand outdoor conditions, painted white with black lettering on weather-resistant board. Holes are pre-drilled and screws are provided for installation.
Markers with their accompanying house history cost $295 for Society members and $320 for non-members which includes a free, one year membership to the Society. Proceeds from the marker program will support the Society’s ongoing programming and conservation efforts. Participation in the marker program does not imply or impose any restrictions on the property.
Who can participate in the Historic Marker Program?
Homes of any age in Medford, single or multi-family, built in any year from 1630 to the present qualify for a historical marker.
How do I order a Historical Marker?
Download an order form here. Fill it out and send it along with your check. Although it is not necessary, it can be helpful if you have it, that you include any documentation you may have about your house’s history, such as a deed, city directory listing, building permit, or survey.
Mail your order form to:
Medford Historical Society & Museum at 10 Governors Ave., Medford, MA 02155.
How is the age of my home determined?
Medford Historical Society & Museum has access to many sources of information about the City’s homes and will use these resources to conduct research to identify or authenticate your home’s date of construction. There is a remote chance we cannot guarantee the absolute accuracy of the date due to the nature of many historical records. If the exact date cannot be determined, the word “circa” will be included on your marker. If a more detailed investigation is needed, we can steer you towards the services of a professional researcher.
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 & Museum. If the exact date cannot be determined, the word “circa” will be included on your marker. We reserve the right to deny specific requests for special wording on markers.
Where should I place my Historic Marker?
The marker should be placed on the outside of your home, at eye level, facing the street. Care should be taken to minimize any confusion with your house number. If architectural features or landscaping make this placement impractical, markers may also be mounted at higher levels, including the second floor.
How long does it take to produce each Marker?
Once we receive your order, our researchers will conduct a careful search to date the home and will contact you within 4 to 6 weeks after you place your order. Final research may take longer to complete depending on the complexity of your house’s history and how many orders are ahead of yours. You will be notified by telephone and/or email when your marker is ready to be picked up. If this is a gift ask if it would be possible to get it sooner.
If my marker is damaged, lost or stolen can I order a replacement Marker?
Yes, replacement markers can be purchased.
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. Displaying a house marker does not place any restrictions on the use or appearance of your home, nor does it affect your insurance or assessed value. The Medford Historical Society & Museum is a non-profit organization.
Download a Marker application here.