History of the Brooks Estate

The Brooks Estate

The Brooks Estate encompasses centuries of Medford history. The original 400 acres were acquired by John Brooks in 1660. The Brooks farmed and fought in the American Revolution. They were also slaveholders. The outlines of today’s Brooks Estate begin when Peter Chardon Brooks III and Shepherd Brooks made it a summer retreat. In 1859, Peter built the Point of Rocks mansion. In 1880, Shepherd built the Shepherd Brooks Manor and Carriage House, designed by architects Peabody and Stearns.

In 1942 the remaining 80 acres were sold to the City of Medford and the property was placed under the jurisdiction of the Oak Grove Cemetery.

From 1946 to 1954, 200 veterans’ families lived in Brooks Village and nine families lived in the Manor. Twenty acres south of Brooks Pond were converted into Cemetery grounds. The Manor was a nursing home and the Hegner Center until the 1980s. It was then abandoned until rescued by M-BELT in the late 1990s. Through these decades, the landscape and buildings suffered a great deal.

The story of the Brooks Estate is deeply intertwined with Medford and continues with every visitor!

The Brooks Estate Timeline

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