Milk Street

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Milk St., Boston, 19th century
Franklin's Birthplace site directly across from Old South Meeting House on Milk Street is commemorated by a bust above the second floor facade of this building

Milk Street is a street in the financial district of Boston, Massachusetts.

Milk Street was one of Boston's earliest highways.[1] The name "Milk Street" was given to the street in 1708 due to the milk market at the location. One of the first post offices in Boston was located on the street in 1711, when the first regular postal routes to Maine, Plymouth and New York were established.[1][2]

Grace Croft's 1952 work, titled "History and Genealogy of Milk Family", also proposes that Milk Street may have been named for John Milk, an early shipwright in Boston. The land was originally conveyed to his father, also John Milk, in October 1666.

Old South Meeting House is located at the corner of Milk and Washington. The street is also the home of Benjamin Franklin's birthplace site.[1]

Subway connection[edit]

The closest subway stop to Milk Street is State Street.

See also[edit]

Former tenants


  1. ^ a b c "The New England Magazine" v. 12, Making of America Project (New England Magazine Co., 1895)[1](accessed July 4, 2009)
  2. ^ Samuel Adams Drake, Old landmarks and historic personages of Boston (Roberts brothers, 1876)[2](accessed July 6, 2009 on Google Book Search)
  3. ^ Massachusetts Mercury, January 13, 1797


Further reading[edit]

Coordinates: 42°21′26.53″N 71°03′16.45″W / 42.3573694°N 71.0545694°W / 42.3573694; -71.0545694