Take a look at this old postcard! Do you recognize the street? It’s Main Street looking North. That a very old vintage car driving up the street — does anyone recognize the model? Dating it could help identify the date of the photo, although I think it would be safe to say early 1900s.
Can you recognize which buildings are shown along the street? All of them have had some cosmetic changes made since this photo was taken, but all still have the same basic shapes. Can you tell us about any of their histories?
Here’s what the community has already had to say:
Steve Mckenna: I don’t see the post office. That would be two doors down from the house on the left, which used to be Mrs. Reithel’s house. Then there’s Brad Beers brick and the town hall…
Katie Shepard: That white building in the foreground has a sign that says “Post Office” — that’s where it was located before it moved up the street to its current location (in the late 1930s I believe).
Steve Mckenna: I shoulda saw the signs…
The first building in the photo (from left to right) is the former Post Office. It moved to its current location in the Van Ornam Building in 1937, which tells us this photo is pre-1937. The decoration (the fence-like bars) atop the small portico over the entryway is no longer there.
The building in the center with the large awning (now gone) is the Old Brick Store. As Christine noted the sign on the awning says “Essex Market,” and it has gone through several other businesses since.
The last building before the corner is Wright’s Inn also once known as the Adirondack Hotel and is today the Town Hall. Do you recall any of its other names? The porch on that building is no longer there.
And in the background behind the foliage you can make out a little part of the Essex Community Church.
Do you have more to share? Other changes you noticed? More history? Or memories? Leave a comment below!
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- Vintage Postcard: Essex Main Street Looking North (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)