We’re overdue for our first Essex doodlebomb. And aside from a personal aversion to the unnecessarily bellicose term “doodlebomb” there’s no good excuse for my neglect and delay.
So, I apologize. On with the doodlebombing…
Essex Horse Nail Company
The Essex Horse Nail Company was not the first factory in Essex, NY, but it may very well have been the last (John Burnham’s Adirondack Mountain Creams factory excepted.) Situated on a commanding promontory overlooking Lake Champlain, the Essex Horse Nail Company (aka the Essex Horse Nail Factory) occupied the site of several earlier industries. The first was probably the Hoskins, Ross and Company Shipyard; followed by the Essex Manufacturing Company (window sash and and blind factory) which operated until 1877. I’ve heard that other industries may also have occupied this choice piece of real estate, but I’ll throw myself on the learning of others for assistance here.
I will continue to snoop around to see what I can unearth Essex Horse Nail Company and other businesses previously (and/or subsequently) located in the environs of present day Beggs Park. Time for some research; all assistance welcome.
Trivia: Essex Horse Nail Company
Given the obvious absence of this colossal structure today, several questions beg, “Where did the Essex Horse Nail Company go? When did it close? Why?”
Perhaps you know what happened to the Essex Horse Nail Company? Share your knowledge or guesses in the comments below.