Then, we found a later sketch of the area (1848). The church had changed in orientation and form. The view was the same. We also mentioned that we were amassing material since this is close to Gardner Hill. Finally, we got hold of a brochure that had a little more information such as identifying the buildings. The painting was in living color. It attributed the work to a different painter. Also, the year was changed to 1828. So, what gives? We included a link to (and a graphic from) the History of Essex County, Massachusetts, 1888, Volume 2. That was Dr. Frank's source.
Today, we, again, show the 1826/28 view and a better reproduction of the 1848 view, except, it says before the Civil War. This is the same view. We will be gathering more information, however let's look at what we are seeing here. As, until now, the exact location was uncertain and the direction of the view was unclear. Too, Dr. Frank had mentioned Gardner's bridge.
|South Church, 1826/28|
Notice the lower caption. It says, The South Danvers Observer which is hosted at the Peabody Institute Library (stale pointer). The SDO? Here is its directory (was pointer, now stale). In the first year, it used the context to determine the year. So, we have Spring 1915, Summer 1895, Fall 1868, and Winter 1866. I found Winter 1866 (was pointer, now stale) by looking for images of 'South Church' on Google. On noticing the material in that issue, poking further was imperative. Great work.
In the Summer 2010 issue (was pointer, now stale), there is some mention of Gardner's bridge. That helps set the orientation as shown on this map.
The bridge that Dr. Frank called Gardner has had several names over the years. There was a mill pond in the area which Dr. Frank mentioned. The bridge goes over the upper portion of North River (which had several names, to boot). Lots to pull together. We'll do it here and via on-line publication by Gardner Research.
Remarks: Modified: 11/29/2019
05/07/2019 -- More on Gardner's bridge. We'll be updating the modern map's relationship with Perley's walkabout.
11/29/2019 -- Had pointers to the South Danvers Observer which had articles on the area of South Church and the church itself. These were there in May of 2019. Now gone. So, where did they go?