Sea View Farm, Rockport, Mass., circa 1912

Seaview Farm, at 38 South St. in Rockport, is known today as a boarding stable. It has been home to seven generations of the Lane family, who established it in 1838 as a dairy farm. In the 1970s, Charles L. Lane Sr. decided to get out of the dairy business and convert the barns and property to a boarding stable. Charlie died in 2008, at the ripe old age of 101. Charlie’s grandson Kenneth now runs the property.

What I never realized was that Sea View Farm also operated as a summer hotel for a period of time in the early 1900s. I have not pinned down the exact dates of its operation, but it is listed as a hotel in a 1908 guide to the North Shore and in the 1924 book, Rockport: A Town of the Sea, where author Arthur Morley writes: “Just before reaching Marmion Way … are the old Lane farms and houses, one of which now takes summer guests, the Sea View Farm.”

This postcard was published by E.C. McIntire of Gloucester and printed in Germany. It is undated but is definitely from before 1917. Based on other postcards from this same publisher, I estimate it to be from around 1912.

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