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



  • 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!


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


  • 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.


  • 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!


  • 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!


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Charles Hastings ‘Hasty’ Gamage was my grandfather. He bought that house on Riverview road from the Gorton family in the 50s. The Gortons had started the tradition of painting the frog rocks, and then our family continued the tradition for 50 years. –Will Higgins


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