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Over the River to Grandfather’s House

You could spend next Thanksgiving in Grandfather and Grandmother's house!

You could spend next Thanksgiving in Grandfather and Grandmother’s house!

Lydia Marie Child wrote of traveling for Thanksgiving in her poem, Over the River and Through the Woods

The poem is sometimes written as “to grandmother’s house we go” but the original version, published in 1844, referred to grandfather’s house.


 Over the river, and through the wood
To grandfather’s house we go;
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
Through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river, and through the wood,
To Grandfather’s house away!
We would not stop for doll or top,
for ’tis Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river, and through the wood—
oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the nose
as over the ground we go.

Over the river, and through the wood—
and straight through the barnyard gate,
We seem to go extremely slow,
it is so hard to wait!

Over the river, and through the wood—
When Grandmother sees us come,
She will say, “O, dear, the children are here,
bring a pie for everyone.”

Over the river, and through the wood—
now Grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

The river was the Mystic River and grandfather and grandmother’s house stands to this day at 114 South Street in Medford looking out at the river.  The house that Child refers to is a smaller, modest portion that now serves as an ell to the large, imposing Greek Revival house that was added in 1839.

Grandmother and Grandfather’s house is now for sale according to a postcard I received recently.  It is listed with Hammond for $975,000.

Wherever you’re celebrating today – enjoy!  Happy Thanksgiving.

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