Monday, April 30, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 37

River Drive Apartments
Danvers, MA 

Two years after I graduated from College (1982) I moved out of my parent's house
and into my first apartment at the River Drive Apartment complex (the white buildings) in Danversport.
My friend Lori and I were room mates and if i can remember correctly, i believe that our rent for a two bedroom apartment was $450.  According to Craigs List, these same two bedroom apartments are 
renting for $1075 - $1225. Crazy huh??!!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 36

pledged their love
on the Danvers Rail Trail.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

365 Days of Danvers:35

New Brothers Restaurant & Deli
Maple Street, Danvers

Great food, specializing in Greek flavor,  and huge portions.
I personally love eating at New Brothers.

Friday, April 27, 2012

365 Days of Danvers:34

John J. Hayman, Jr.
Locust Street, Danvers, MA

Thursday, April 26, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 33

Route 35 South
Locust Street, Danvers MA

Route 35 begins at Route 114 in Peabody, as that route turns left off the right-of-way towards Route 128 and the Northshore Mall. After passing Bishop Fenwick High, Route 35 enters Danvers in the Danversport section of that town. It crosses the Waters River and Crane River before making a left turn, crossing under Route 128 at Exits 23 North & South. The road goes through downtown Danvers before turning northward, intersecting Route 62. It heads through the Putnamville section of Danvers, passing the Putnamville Reservoir (also known as the Beverly & Danvers Reservoir) before finally ending just yards over the Topsfield and Wenham town lines at Route 97.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 32

C.R. Lyons & Sons Funeral Directors
Elm Street, Danvers MA

In 1925, Clarence R. Lyons Sr. opened a store-front funeral parlor on North Street in Salem. Within the next few years, he was able to move from that location to one in the former Perley Building in Danvers Square (where CVS and Minuteman Press are currently located). The store-front moved again in those first few years, this time just across the Square onto High Street. Realizing that more people wanted wakes to occur in a funeral home and not in private residences, Clarence Lyons purchased the former home of Dr. Buck in the mid-1930s and established a funeral home. During the next few years, his sons, Bill, Junie, and Al joined him in the running of the funeral home.

After Clarence's sudden death in 1952, his three sons saw the funeral home through the next forty years. They made significant improvements to the home and were active in the community.

In the late 1960s, Junie's son, Kevin Lyons, joined the funeral home and worked along side his father and uncles until their deaths in the 1990s. Kevin has been joined by his daughter, Amanda Lyons Brinkley, and son, C.R. Lyons III, in operating the funeral home. Together, they continue assisting the families they serve in the tradition that Clarence R. Lyons Sr. began eighty years ago

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 31

St. Johns Prep
Spring Street, Danvers MA

St. John's Preparatory School is a Roman Catholic college preparatory school for young men in DanversMassachusetts. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. The school was founded in 1907 by the Xaverian Brothers, an order named for St. Francis Xavier founded by Theodore James Ryken in 1839. St. John's was formerly a combination commuter-boarding school school but ended its residential program in 1975.

In 1891, the Xaverian Brothers purchased the Jacob Spring Family Estate, which included 100 acres (40 ha) and three buildings, for $19,500. At this time, the Xaverian Brothers began St. John's Normal College, a school for young men aspiring to become members of the Congregation of the Brothers of St. Francis Xavier.
In 1907 Brother Benjamin, with seven Xaverian Brothers, founded St. John's Preparatory School for young men.

Monday, April 23, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 30

Conant Street
Danvers, MA

Sunday, April 22, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 29

Putnamville School
Locust Street, Danvers, MA

Saturday, April 21, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 28

Home of James Kennedy
Locust Street, Danvers Ma

As I walk around Danvers for photo ops, I notice a lot of this old signs on homes,
and I also notice that a lot of the home owners were shoemakers.  There were also several Shoe Manufactory companies in Danvers; E & A Mudge & Company on Centre Street, Israel H. Putnam Shoe Factory on Locust Street, the White Brothers Shoe Factory located on Locust Street right above Wenham Street, Martin Kelley Shoe Company at Holten and Pine Streets, and the well known Ideal Baby Shoe Company.

Friday, April 20, 2012

365 Days of Danvers:27

Property Fence along Locust Street
Danvers MA

Thursday, April 19, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 26

John  H. Mosier
CA 1870
Oak Street, Danvers Ma

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 25

Fire Box 1241
Locust Street, Danvers MA

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 24

Intersection of Maple, Locust, and Hobart, Danvers MA
Take notice of the difference of gas prices at the two stations on April 16, 2012.

Monday, April 16, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 23

Remember the days when we used to play hopscotch on the side walks???
Well it is still here on Oak Street in Danvers.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 22

Sunday Morning Walk northbound on the Danvers Rail Trail

Saturday, April 14, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 21

The Family Home
Summer Street, Danvers

How often do you get to see your home from up above. I had the chance not too long ago
to make some aerial photos in Danvers.  This is the home where I grew up in. My parents purchased the 
land and had this home built for our family in 1956.  

Friday, April 13, 2012

365 Days of Danvers:20

Porter's Burial Ground
High Street, Danvers, MA
This historical grave yard is noteworthy both for its age (established a year after Danvers became a township in 1757) and its interred residents and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. The cemetery is the final resting place of colonial patriots.
Local militia captains Jeremiah Page and Edmund Putnam along with Nathan Putnam - who was wounded on the Lexington Green on April 19, 1775, by British soldiers on their way to Concord - are all buried there. The first shots of the war were fired at the Lexington Alarm. In addition to the patriots, the cemetery is also the resting place of local veterans of the French and Indian War, the War of 1812, the Civil War and the Spanish-American War.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 19

13 School Street
Danvers, MA

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 18

Porphyry Hall

St Johns Preparatory School
Spring Street,  Danvers, MA

Built in 1880 by Jacob Spring, Porphyry Hall now serves as the Administration Building. The Xaverian Brothers purchased the Spring estate in 1891 and established St. John's Normal College the same year. The school shifted its mission to the secondary level and St. John's Prep opened on September 10, 1907.

Monday, April 9, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 17

21 Miles to Newburyport, MA
This is the other side to the previously posted 19 Miles to Boston
seen along the Danvers Rail Trail.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 16

Statue of Mary outside the
St. Mary of the Annunciation Church
Conant Street, Danvers MA

Saturday, April 7, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 15

This is part of the Danvers Rail Trail between Chestnut Street and Poplar Street, heading south.
The trail is to the right of these ties...years ago when the trains no long came through Danvers, this business quietly took over the land that belonged to the railroad and paved it for part of their parking lot.....this was the solution to give the land back to the town for the trail. It works!  So glad this trail is here in Danvers for me and the other Danversites to enjoy.

Friday, April 6, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 14

19 Miles to Boston
One of the original mile markers along the Danvers Rail Trail

Thursday, April 5, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 13

Parked bikes in downtown Danvers

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 12

Maple Street
Downtown Danvers, MA

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 11

Danvers YMCA
Pickering Street, Danvers MA

The Y’s history in Danvers dates back to the 1940’s when some business leaders met and decided to establish a YMCA to offer youth activities.  Starting in a barn the Y quickly became a place for families to look for recreation.   In the 1950’s the Y purchased the Stiles Pond Day Camp property in Boxford to offer an outdoor summer camp program.  In the Early 60’s the Pool was built on Pickering Street, followed by the Program Center and Howard Lee Auditorium in the late 60’s.  Late in the 70’s a Cardio and Strength Training Center, Racquetball Courts and Adult Locker Areas were added leading to an expansion of a weight training facility, offices and waiting areas for parents.  In 2003 the Roy Anderson Gymnasium opened including renovations to the grounds and inside of the Y.

Monday, April 2, 2012

365 Days of Danvers:10

Peabody Institute Library, Danvers MA

I have very fond memories of this library. Me and my four siblings spend a lot of time
here while we were growing up.  I can still remember my blue paper library card with the
metal plate and the red sleeve that i kept it in. I loved them smell of the books 
and I remember Mrs. Day the children's room Librarian.  
I remember the wooden card catalog draws and the old chairs in the magazine room.  
And when I was in college, I got the chance to work in the library for a summer.
Those are all good memories.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 9

Peabody Institute Library
Danvers, MA
In December 1856, the American banker, philanthropist, and Danvers native George Peabody gave $10,000 for the establishment of a Danvers “branch” of the Peabody Institute Library of South Danvers (now Peabody, MA). This branch library was originally set up at Danvers Town Hall; but in 1857, Joshua Silvester, Simeon Putnam, and John R. Langley sold to the Town for $4,000 a four and one half acre plot of land on Sylvan St. (near to the Town Hall) for use as a site for the library. 

In 1866, George Peabody, realizing the difficulty of a single institution serving two separate communities, allowed the branch to become independent and gave the new Peabody Institute Library of Danvers an additional $40,000. A Gothic style library was built at Peabody Park in 1869; the purpose of the new library was (in the founder's language) “the promotion of knowledge and morality in the Town of Danvers.” The governing body of the Institute was vested in a board of nine trustees who were appointed for life by Peabody; thereafter, vacancies in the Board were filled by the legal voters of Danvers. 

On July 2, 1890, a spectacular fire destroyed the library building. Insurance covered $23,622 in losses. The trustees, mirroring George Peabody's sentiment “Education - A debt due from present to future generations,” voted on September 28, 1891 to appropriate money for the erection of a new building. A building committee was appointed and the Boston architectural firm of Little, Brown and Moore was chosen; local architect Lester S. Crouch did the bulk of the design for the building which was his first major project. J.T.Wilson of Nahant was the contractor for the 62' x 92' Georgian Revival structure. The total cost for the project was $34,218.