Congratulations Susie Smith and Ken Hughes for organizing a successful and thoroughly enjoyable Christmas in Essex 2017! Great pre-event messaging, perfect weather, efficient move-in and move-out, good flow and impressive attendance, diverse vendors, well distributed and executed … [Read more...] about Christmas in Essex 2017: Bravo Susie Smith and Ken Hughes!
It definitely pains me to see Rosslyn's boathouse underwater (even 3+ decades after the fact), but it’s a reminder that we have made some headway over the last eleven years. Of course, there’s never any guarantee — and I’m well aware that flooding could bring the pretty boathouse … [Read more...] about Rosslyn Boathouse Underwater in 1983
Ever scouring the midden heaps — real and virtual — for Essex artifacts, I came across these curiosities. These ACME “picture cards” were offered as incentives to soap customers. Save ACME brand Marseilles White Spray Soap wrappers, mail them to Lautz Bros & Co. (located in … [Read more...] about 19th Century Essex Merchant Geo D. Anson
I present to you a rather well captured (and equally well preserved) photograph of The Ross Mansion (aka Hickory Hill) circa 1910... The Ross Mansion in the photograph above was originally built for, and owned by Henry Howard Ross, the brother of William Daniel Ross who built … [Read more...] about 1910 Hickory Hill Photo
I recently stumbled across a reference to local boatbuilders, Frederick W. Rice and Fred M. Rice. The mention, buried in museum notes about a Willsboro, NY Adirondack guideboat builder, was brief. Too brief. 55-year old guide and boatbuilder, Fred Rice... Fred M. Rice learned … [Read more...] about Willsboro Boatbuilders: Frederick W. Rice and Fred M. Rice