I’m sure everyone recognizes the building featured in the photo above — do you? It’s the church in Essex on the corner of Main Street and Route 22. The photo is entitled “Presbyterian Church,” although today many know it as the Essex Community Church as in 1922 the Methodist, Baptist, & Presbyterian congregations of Essex joined together in one federated church and chose this church out of the three to host their services.
That fact also implies that this photo was taken before 1922 and the church’s name change.
What do you note that is different in the photo compared to today? Here’s some of what the community noticed:
Dianne Lansing: Doesn’t have the handicapped ramp, the stair railings, the lamp posts, nor the maple trees that I understand Warren Cross dug up in his wood lot and transplanted in front of the church.
Peter Pierce: No utility wires lol
Do you spy any other changes? Or have more to say? Leave a comment below!
This photo comes from a series inside of a souvenir letter themed around Essex. It was published by the Douglas Publishing Company, Buffalo, NY as part of a Delaware & Hudson Railroad Series A.M.R as you can see from the back of the letter to the right. Perhaps the railroad company, which was active in the area, was sponsoring the publication and/or they were the ones selling the souvenir letters? You can also see the postage mark that shows us the letter was sent March, 19, 1908, which dates the images in the letter to that year or earlier.
We have shared two other images from that letter so far (and we will be sharing more in the future). See them here:
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- Vintage Photo: Essex Baptist Church (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Postcard: Former Methodist Church with Steeple (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Postcard: Sherwood Inn Waterfront (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Photo: Ship on Whallons Bay (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Postcard: Essex Main Street Looking North (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)