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Historic House Marker Program

Celebrate the rich architectural history of Medford with an attractive historical marker showing the date your house was built.

To find out how to research the history of your Medford house, see our printable brochure: HERE.

To order a historical marker, print and fill out our order form

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

Historical Markers

Besides a date, each custom-made marker displays the official logo of the Medford Historical Society & Museum (MHSM). These painted markers are built to withstand outdoor conditions. They are made of weatherproof MDO (medium density overlay) signboard which has been finished with three coats of special sign painter’s oil-based primer with an enamel topcoat. They have black lettering on a white background and measure 12 by 16 inches. Holes are pre-drilled and screws are provided for installation.

Markers sell for $195 (or $175 for Society members). Markers purchased by non-members include a free, one year individual membership to the Society.

How do I order a historical marker?

Fill out the attached order form 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.

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. 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 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.

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 long does it take to produce each marker?

Once we receive your order, our researchers will conduct a careful search. You will be contacted within 4 to 6 weeks after you place your order with a date for your home. Final research may take longer to complete depending on the complexity of your house’s history. You will be notified again 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 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. The Medford Historical Society & Museum is a non-profit organization.