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Can You Guess?

Can you guess?

"There was laid out by Wm. Vasseal the way from the Herring Brook to Belle House Neck where Wm. Vassal dwelt. Beginning by Isaac Stedman's house and to curve by his fence as ye trees are marked, forty feet broad till it cometh to ye marsh of Edward Foster and then to go over ye marsh where ye stakes are set to ye land of Thomas King, forty foot then to about ye edge of ye land of Thomas King, William Vassal, and Samuel Fuller, at ye North end to ye land of William Vassal, called ye Brook Hall field, in breath forty foot." [Selection 1]

"A highway laid out forty feet wide beginning in ye car path in ye place called Sandy Hill and so extend east north east over ye slow as ye trees are marked where stones are about them and running along ye hill then turning more easterly and so along about two rods to ye southward of Thomas Tose and then along two rods southward of Nathan Pickles barn and so on as ye heaps of stones are laid and the trees marked until it comes to ye way laid out to ye way leading to George Mores Bridge. Israel Chittenden and David Jacobs Selectmen." [Selection 2]

"Also we allowed a heigh way from the cutt between William Bassett and Francis Sprage, to goe to Ducksborrow towne; the heighway to be continued from William Bassetts garden or orchard, through John Washbumes ground to William Patmers gate, as it now is, and so along through Peter Browne ground by the outeside of which we allow a way to the marsh, and up to the woods; the way still to passe by Henry Howland's house leaving it upon the east side, so keeping the old way through the marsh to Mr. Alden's house, and from thence through a valley which leadeth to the comer of Phillip Delaney's field so to pass Edward Bumpas house, and fourty foote to be allowed above his house straight to Rowland Leghomes house, and so passinge above the house to Greenes Harbor path." [Selection 3]

Local ways and lanes were laid out during the first years of settlement. Were you able to guess which three roads of Scituate were described above? The first road is in existence today but abandoned and impassable. It is called Judge Cushing Road and is the old way over the so-called Rotten Marsh to the North River, and on which is the burial lot and tomb of Judge William Cushing. The second road is now called Old Oaken Bucket Road. The third was the description of the road that began in Plymouth and went through Duxbury then to Marshfield and eventually Scituate. It was "The Country Way".