Map by Nicholas Read, from the My Cambridgeport: Personal Maps of the Neighborhood project.
In 1870, Sea Captain George Thomas Southward settled in Cambridge and built his home at 346 Pearl Street, which was the last house on the street before the cow pasture began where the present-day Morse Elementary School is located. Constructed at the same time as the house and set far back from the road, the barn kept the family’s horses, used for transportation.
According to Captain Southward’s great grandson and Pearl Street resident Bill Davis, most of the neighborhood had barns to keep animals like horses and chicken. Bill’s grandfather, Gilford Hatfield Davis, used to buy his horses from the Boston Elevated Railway, the horse-drawn trolley precursor to the MBTA. The retired trolley horses, stabled in the barn, were the Davis family’s primary mode of transportation. The barn was demolished after the family sold the plot of land that would eventually become 350 Pearl Street.
-Compiled by Bill Davis and Alyssa Pacy for “If This House Could Talk…” 2011