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Lawrence homestead, Bedford Street. "This house stood on the North side of Bedford Street about opposite Mr. Rice's greenhouses, before coming to Westview Cemetery. It has been gone these many years. Built by John Lawrence well before 1700 it housed the ancestors of some important men. Members of this family founded Lawrence Academy and the city of Lawrence. William Diamond the drummer April 19, 1775 worked for the Lawrence family and lived in this house. In the early days this part of Lexington was so much out of the way it was called "World's End." Our older residents will remember it as the home of Patrick Ryan who displayed for many years a large sign in front of the house reading: This is the house where Paul Revere would have stopped if he had gone this way to Concord April 18, 1775."
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Lawrence homestead, Bedford Street

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