This stereoview was found on the NY Public Library’s Digital Collections simply labelled, “Garden view, Essex, N.Y.” and it was noted that the image was taken by photographer E. M. (Elbert M.) Johnson (1844-1910) and dated as circa 1875.
Do you recognize the garden or the location? Take a look at the nearby buildings to see if they can help you.
You may not be able to orient yourself because this Victorian garden no longer exists, or at least definitely not in its original form. There is a gazebo in the vicinity today…
We had one member of the community who thought they recognized it!
Dianne Lansing: I’ve seen this before. It’s a garden between Lou Comeau’s and Klipper’s stone house that Warren Cross used to own and then Ron Jackson lived there. I think Lou should try to replicate the garden!
Do you know where the scene is now? The gardens were located on South Main Street on the grounds of the historic John Gould House.
You may recognize the garden by its once official name: the Palmer-Havens Gardens, which were named for the then-owner Palmer E. Havens who had the gardens built. You can click here to see another stereoview that depicts the area from a different angle and shows more of the gardens.
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What is a Stereoview?
You may be wondering – just what is a stereoview? Historically, photographers once produced these double image cards to be used with a stereo viewer. The stereoview card was inserted into the device, and when looked through it gave the appearance of 3-D.
Share Your Essex Artifacts
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- Vintage Photo: South Main Street (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Stereoview: Main Street, Essex, NY (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Postcard: Sherwood Inn Waterfront (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Postcard: Essex Main Street Looking North (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Stereoview: Palmer Havens Gardens (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- John Gould House (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)