With July 4th at hand, it's a perfect time to highlight this photo from the files of the Lynnfield Historical Society - it's a shot of the Daniel Townsend House, which once stood at the corner of Walnut and Summer Streets, not far from Pillings Pond. A stone historical marker, photos shown here, now marks the site of the former house.
Daniel Townsend died at age 36 in heavy fighting at the Battle of Menotomy in Arlington, soon after the Battle of Lexington and Concord got underway on April 19, 1775. Townsend figures prominently in a of this year. He lies in the town's Old Burying Ground and his stone has a moving inscription that can be read in the previously mentioned article. Townsend's widow, Zeruiah, reportedly never recovered from the shock of his death and ended up passing away herself within a year of the battle.