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James Merry: First Attacked tonight

EJ posted these shots in 2011. September 18, 1892 122 years ago. The death of James Merry by a three year old bull owned by Patrick Nugent in a field in Dogtown owned by Curtis.


James Merry was a fisher man back in days of yore
But he left the blue in ninety-two for the trade of matador
So he got a bull and he raised it up full
And he learned the corrida lore
Then he died like a toad on the Dogtown Road
Bleeding from a stomach gore

-by Shep Abbott

Babson Cooperage, Dogtown, 1935

Built in 1658, the Babson Cooperage is considered to be the first factory on Cape Ann. James Babson made barrels that were filled with fish and shipped to England, and other places around the world. I think the plaque tells it all: JAMES BABSON FARM “GRANTED BY SPECIAL TOWN ACT DECEMBER 23, 1658 JAMES AND HIS MOTHER, ISABEL, WERE THE FIRST BABSONS TO REACH AMERICA, ARRIVING IN 1632. JAMES’ FATHER DIED ON SHIPBOARD WHILE CROSSING. TOWN RECORDS SHOW THAT ISABEL WAS A VERY ACTIVE KINDLY AND BELOVED MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY. SHE DIED IN 1661. JAMES WAS A COOPER WHO MADE BARRELS, ETC. FROM LUMBER OBTAINED FROM THE ADJOINING MILL ON CAPE POND BROOK. HE MARRIED ELINOR HILL AND THEY HAD TEN CHILDREN. HE DIED IN 1683.” You can still go to this place for free: Open July – August Tuesday – Sunday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (978) 546-2958 http://babsonhistorical.org/babson-museum/

Built in 1658, the Babson Cooperage is considered to be the first factory on Cape Ann. James Babson made barrels that were filled with fish and shipped to England, and other places around the world. I think the plaque tells it all:
JAMES BABSON FARM
“GRANTED BY SPECIAL TOWN ACT DECEMBER 23, 1658
JAMES AND HIS MOTHER, ISABEL, WERE THE FIRST BABSONS TO REACH AMERICA, ARRIVING IN 1632. JAMES’ FATHER DIED ON SHIPBOARD WHILE CROSSING.
TOWN RECORDS SHOW THAT ISABEL WAS A VERY ACTIVE KINDLY AND BELOVED MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY. SHE DIED IN 1661. JAMES WAS A COOPER WHO MADE BARRELS, ETC. FROM LUMBER OBTAINED FROM THE ADJOINING MILL ON CAPE POND BROOK. HE MARRIED ELINOR HILL AND THEY HAD TEN CHILDREN. HE DIED IN 1683.”
You can still go to this place for free: Open July – August
Tuesday – Sunday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (978) 546-2958 http://babsonhistorical.org/babson-museum/

Dogtown, 1914

In 1914, Dogtown was still pretty bare. What an amazing landscape. I'm sure the Lanesville photographer John I. Coggeshall, leveled his camera and this is the true contour of the land  The tracks in the road look like it's used. I guess they were still raising pigs and vegetables. Nobody owned Dogtown, so why take your enterprise elsewhere, when cleared land with roads were available for free? Perhaps in our future, Dogtown may be used for a similar purpose.

In 1914, Dogtown was still pretty bare. What an amazing landscape. I’m sure the Lanesville photographer John I. Coggeshall, leveled his camera and this is the true contour of the land. The tracks in the road look like it’s used. I guess they were still raising pigs and vegetables. Nobody owned Dogtown, so why take your enterprise elsewhere, when cleared land with roads were available for free? Perhaps in our future, Dogtown may be used for a similar purpose.

Dogtown, 1923

This is the "Old Pearce Cellar" in 1923. Dogtown was an open landscape and abandoned at that time. Now it's a jungle, and I advise visitors not to go there late in the day, never alone, and always with a charged up cell phone. I've been to Dogtown 50 times, and I always get lost. People will cry and panic when they're lost there. But you can hear the car traffic not too far away. Bushwhack your way out. That's never easy or comfortable with the swamps and pricker bushes.

This is the “Old Pearce Cellar” in 1923. Dogtown was an open landscape and abandoned at that time. Now it’s a jungle, and I advise visitors not to go there late in the day, never alone, and always with a charged up cell phone. I’ve been to Dogtown 50 times, and I always get lost. People will cry and panic when they’re lost there. But you can hear the car traffic not too far away. Bushwhack your way out. That’s never easy or comfortable with the swamps and pricker bushes. But it can be done.

Babson Boulders at home

The Babson Boulders of Dogtown are one of the harder-to-find attractions in Gloucester; you have to download a map and go trekking through the woods. It’s well worth the walk, and can be a lot of fun (especially when it isn’t tick-and-mosquito season).

But you can also get your own miniature, customized “Babson Boulders” at home. Here’s mine:

Truth

 

It was a gift from the artist, my friend Michael Foley.  I don’t know of anyone else who makes these!  You can see more of his work, including other “boulders”, on his website or on Facebook. He also has work at “The Art Nook” on Bearksin Neck.

- Matthew Green

 

Cape Ann Cleanup in Dogtown: Roger Davis Reporting

As part of Earth Day Clean Up Cape Ann Trail Stewards organized a clean up along the trails around Goose Cove Resevoir. 

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Roger Davis reports:

On Sunday, the Cape Ann Trails Stewards organized a cleanup along the trails around and above the Goose Cove Reservoir.  A number of people worked at cleaning up the service road around the reservoir (including at least a couple of dads with young sons).  Patti Amaral reported collecting several bags of trash around the parking area at the entrance to Dogtown.  These photos show the cleanup at an apparent party spot near the city’s compost area in Dogtown.  A group of  a dozen volunteers collected a dozen bags full of empty cans, bottles and litter.  This area borders a sensitive vernal wetland, so it was good to see it cleaned up.  It was good to see so many people stepping up to return our woodlands to its beautiful natural state.
Kudos to volunteers. Kudos for Cape Ann Trails Stewards.  Keep your eyes open for future activities of this newly organized volunteer group.

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The scene upon arrival.
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The fire ring was still smoldering.
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Clean up begins.
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Cape Ann Trail Stewards and friends.  Count the bags and buckets!

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The scene after clean up.

Loyalty!

Loyalty editedThis classic photo comes courtesy of Jean Dugan, one of the parishioners at Holy Family Parish.  I’d love to do a series of photos of each boulder with a person or object that typifies the word, like she has done here with “loyalty”! What could be better than a loyal dog in Dogtown on the “Loyalty” boulder?

- Fr. Matthew Green

 

Happy Easter to all/ Dog Town Eco Tour

Received these wonderful pictures from Silvie Lockerova from an event held at DogTown. On Saturday March 16th, 2013 at 1pm we had an organized eco-walk in the woods of DogTown. The event was sponsored by The Trustees of Reservations and Cape Ann Healing Center, guided by Ted Tarr and organized by Silvie Lockerova.  The walk started by the main entrance of DogTown by the compost area.  The large number of walkers proved the interest in history and nature of DogTown. Ted Tarr led people along the Babson Boulder Trail, through DogTown. At the end Ted Tarr invited walkers to join in the Cape Ann Trail Group supporting similar eco-walks on Cape Ann.

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