Nahant Revisited

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Nahant, Massachusetts, 12 miles north of Boston, consists of two islands connected to the mainland by a causeway. Small in land area—1.2 square miles—it has a big history. This book examines Nahant thematically in over 200 images. East Point is seen as the site of an 1823 resort hotel and later a distinguished senator’s residence. It was also used as a military installation and is currently an educational facility and public park. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow describes, in his own words, his 25 years in Nahant. The Samuel Hammond family is shown as a representative of the wealthy Bostonians who enjoyed Nahant as a summer colony. Many images illustrate full-time residents who invested their lives here participating in a rich civic life. Work, play, and entertainment are documented. Social issues, such as women’s suffrage, were confronted. Current issues, like the Black Lives Matter movement, continue to draw attention.
ISBN: 9781467107914
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Massachusetts
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Christopher R. Mathias, coauthor of Images of America: Nahant (1999), is the retired director of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives and past president of the Nahant Historical Society. Robert A. Wilson is a photographer and native Nahanter who was bitten by the history bug late in life and owes a deep debt of gratitude to his “grand cousin” Calantha Doane Sears for making history come alive.
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