Do you recognize the scene captured in this photo above? It’s dated Sept. 11, 1918. However, it looks much different today. This road is Route 22 as it leaves Essex and goes toward the hamlet of Boquet. Do you recognize any of the buildings?
Here are some comments from the community identifying the site and some of the buildings. Read them and learn more:
Mary Wade: Before my time but its the railroad station crossing as you leave Essex going toward Boquet.
Rich Warner: Rt 22, Bouquet
Joan Dunn: Very familiar scene. I grew up right there in the Kelly home. At this time it was the Tucker farm. In 1918 my mom lived in the Welles’ tenant house. The farmhouse is visible on the right at the foot of the hill. The large building on the right was a creamery where my Grandpa Lambert worked. Farms up the hill were owned by another Tucker family and the Orr’s on the right, I think. It was later owned by my Kelly grandparents. Of course, the railroad station and Boquet post office which was also a general store. Brings back memories of stories my mom told me as I grew up and told me all her life. I’m thankful for that.
Peter Kelly: Can’t miss Boquet Mountain in the background and the old D & H station on the left. My Grandfather was station agent there for several years. I think some of the telephone poles are still there!
Ben Durant: Station Road! Really neat picture. I don’t ever remember seeing any of these buildings (except the barn just to the right of the buggy) dating back to the 70s/80s. I’m vaguely remembering a story of a fire started by a train, but I could be totally wrong. I’d love know what happened to all those places so long ago.
Chris Oliver: Nice Shot! Thanks for posting these. This is the railroad crossing on Rt 22 heading out of Essex. The first building to the right of the horse & buggy was a creamery. There was a water tower just out of frame on the left. Here it is today … on Google Map View
What do you think of this vintage photo? Share your thoughts and observations (and memories/stories) in the comments! Maybe you know what happened to some of those buildings?
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