Did You Know? (Hasty’s Frogs)

Photo by E.J. Lefavour

That there are rocks painted to look like frogs in Riverview on the Annisquam River?  They were painted by an unknown artist in the 1930’s on the property of Hasty Gammage, and are still there; but you can only see them by boat.  This is a painting of Hasty’s Frogs by David Montgomery.  Have any of you ever seen them?

E.J. Lefavour


About E.J.

Artist, researcher, writer, spiritual traveler of this fascinating orb we inhabit, lover of life and all it has to offer. Hi everyone out there in GMG land. My name is Ellen “E.J.” Lefavour (a/k/a “Ejay Khan” – the pseudonym I used during my years as a political activist artist). I moved to Cape Ann in September of 2010, and was thrilled to be invited by Joey to become a daily contributor to Good Morning Gloucester in December of that year. I am a painter, photographer and writer who has lived and worked as an artist for 20 years, since leaving the corporate world in 1990 to pursue my passion. My contributions to GMG will consist of images (either my paintings, photographs, montages or the occasional video) and a little history about the image, called “Did you Know?” I hope to come up with tidbits of information that people don’t already know, or had forgotten they knew. As I am new here, everything is new and fascinating to me, especially the amazing history, so bear with me if I post something that is common knowledge – I’ll eventually come up with something that’s new to you. As an artist, I will also write about the incredible art scene on Cape Ann. Please take a minute to comment on my posts, like them or not, especially if you have corrections or something to add, as that is how I, and all of us, learn. Have a Good Morning Gloucester, and a blessed day.
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9 Responses to Did You Know? (Hasty’s Frogs)

  1. We see those rocks every time we drive up the river. We’ve also noticed that someone has painted the floats on their lobster traps right near there in the same green with black spots. Distinctive!

  2. dr nicole says:

    these were always a childhood fave on the way back in from fishing as a kid! they were always freshly painted every year :)

  3. Maureen says:

    Love the frogs – haven’t seen them in years. Often used to take my boat from Marblehead to Crane’s down the Annisquam and checking out the frogs was a ritual for the kids. Live here now, so haven’t been down the river in quite awhile. Think I’ll make a point to this summer.

  4. Tim says:

    Every single summer weekend when I was a kid! At some point we’d head out of Lobster Cove in Annisquam and head for the inner harbor. My sister and I would always wait to see the froggies!

  5. Jane Gibbs says:

    yes! I am so happy to learn they are still there and maintained. Loved seeing them as a kid in the 50s, while boating each weekend with my grandfather and father. Back then we could camp on Wingaersheek beach across from the Annisquam yacht club! I also remember another rock painting of a mermaid somewhere along the river. Thanks for posting this!

  6. E.J. says:

    I’m really glad to see that Hasty’s Frogs brought back so many great memories for people. I can’t wait for the opportunity to see them in person myself.

  7. Jon Brown says:

    I have great memories of staying with my aunt Barbie and uncle Hasty in Riverview. I have a painting my mother did of the house including the frogs.

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