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 photograph of the winter scene above was shared with us by Susie Drinkwine (thanks again!).
Do you recognize this scene in Essex? What street is it? Can you spot something (or maybe more than one thing) in the photo that isn’t there today? Look at the buildings to help you identify the site—which buildings do you recognize?
I’m sure most can identify the Essex Inn as the second building on the right with the long porch and many columns. And with that recognized you now know this is Main Street. But what about the building in the forefront?
One commenter immediately recognized it:
Mary Wade: OH DO I REMEMBER!! My family lived in this house in the early 40’s upstairs. Just before the Essex Inn. Was having my Birthday party there on Dec 7th 1941 when it came over the radio that Pearl Harbor was bombed!! Guess this picture was taken before the movie theater building was built, now the post office! Thank you Susie, I have looked for pictures of this house for years. I made a copy of it. Hope you don’t mind.
So this building is no longer there—does anyone know what happened to it? The current Post Office building was built in 1937. I don’t see the Old Brick Block which burned in 1924, so this photo must have been taken after that date and before 1937. What do you think? Am I missing any factors?
On the far right you can see the steeple of the Methodist Episcopal Church (sometimes called the Old Stone Church), and today although the former church remains the steeple is gone. Does anyone know when it was removed?
Here are the rest of the community comments:
Lorraine Townsend Faherty: Looking South down Main Street, Essex Inn on right
Sylvia Margo: It’s certainly not 2015….. ha ha
Henriette Fichelle: i don’t know this but i love this picture!!!!!!!
Do you know more? Does this photo bring up any memories you want to share? Leave a comment below!
Share Your Essex Artifacts
If you want to share your old photos of Essex (or brochures; postcards; menus; tickets; any artifact) on the blog please email us at editor [at] essexonlakechamplain [dot] com.
- Vintage Photo: Essex Post Office (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Photo: Essex Waterfront (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Postcard: Between Essex Inn and Post Office (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Postcard: Essex Main Street Looking North (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Photo: Inside the Old Dock Tavern (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Photo: Main Street with Inn (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Photo: Gas Dock (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)