• Big changes over in that neck of the woods from when I last walked the shores like all around you what a history :-O Dave


    Aerial view of Magnolia village in 2016
    After the Civil War, Bostonians began to summer in Magnolia. For example, Rev. James Freeman Clarke, well-known Unitarian minister, author, and social reformer of Boston’s Church of the Disciples, after searching the North Shore for the best possible summer resort purchased land in Magnolia in 1879 and built a house he called “Septingle” because it had seven open fireplaces.

    It was constructed on a cliff overlooking the rocky shore and the curving beach on its left. Clarke often walked on that beach for relaxation or sat on the long piazza of his house while working on one of his many books. Everywhere he saw Scarlet lilies and red wild roses, green bushes and vines, and heard seagulls in the sky and the ever constant surf. The center of Magnolia was but a short stroll along a footpath, and trains from nearby Manchester made it convenient to get to Boston. Here he and his family enjoyed the summers of the 1880s.[7]

    At the dawn of the twentieth century, Magnolia was well known as a vacation destination. The Oceanside Hotel and Casino, before it burnt down, attracted several big names in music and film. John Philip Sousa and Lucille Ball were among those known to vacation in Magnolia. During the Victorian era many wealthy businessmen and their families built large mansions along Shore Road, which were staffed by newly arrived immigrants to Massachusetts. They served the transient summer residents and visitors as servants, cooks, housekeepers, gardeners and clerks in the posh branch stores of firms from New York City, London, Paris, and Palm Beach that lined both sides of Lexington Avenue. Some of them were able to save their money and opened local businesses such as the Magnolia Hand Laundry that was located on Field Road.[8]

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    • Karen Pischke BSN, RN

      Wow. I would have loved to see the Oceanside Hotel Dave. When we moved to Gloucester in 1999 we bid on a house in Magnolia 3 x, but did not win the bid. Love that part of town, but also very happy with where we ended up in Riverdale.

      Magnolia keeps changing. Some great shops and restaurants have gone in there in the past few years and more are coming. Love the Magnolia Farmer’s Market. Looking forward to the Winter Market. I’ll be there with Dreamtime Wellness™ and also with my business partner, GloucesterTEASE™ We’re launching the latest in our Gloucester line of t-shirt designs, and also will have writing boards at our booth for people to share – ‘What Does Kindness Mean to You.’ To kick off – Random Acts of Kindness Week. Those that stop by and ‘share’ will be entered into a raffle for prizes.

      Lots of great local merchants will be there with fun ideas for Valentine’s, or ‘Just for the Halibut.’ 😉


  • Karen Pischke BSN, RN

    My car is being cared for by Annisquam Auto Body. Not sure the damages yet, but sounds like it can be repaired. 🙂


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