Every Monday we share a vintage image on the Essex on Lake Champlain Facebook page and invite our viewers to play some Vintage Essex Trivia. The postcard we recently shared is pictured above, and you can see that it is titled: “Adirondack House and Main St, Essex, NY. Copyright 1907. By B. Barker.”
Do you recognize this scene of Main Street in Essex, NY? What buildings can you identify? What are they today? What changes do you note between this photo and how this section of Main Street appears today? When do you think this photo was taken (I’m guessing about 1907 from the copyright!)?
Here’s what the community has already had to say:
Tilly Close:The Adirondack, Victor Bruce
Christine Herrmann: Wright’s Inn before it became Essex Town Hall. I do remember a book store in this building — I think sometime in the 1970s.
Dianne Lansing:The Town Hall back in the day.
Everyone zeroed in on the most prominent building in the foreground—Adirondack House as it is named in the postcard, or Wright’s Inn as it was known long ago, or the Town Hall as it is known today. This is one of the oldest buildings in town as it was built circa 1790. I believe the building in the distance is the Essex Inn. Any idea of the identity of the building between those two?
The road looks much wider in the photo than it is today, although that may just be the angle to the shot, and it is still dirt not pavement.
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