Marmion Way, Rockport, Mass., c. 1911

Note the misspelling of Marmion Way as Marmian Way in this postcard’s caption. Even so, this is a wonderful old view, made better by the three children posing in the middle of the road.

All of the houses you see here are still standing today, as is the stone wall on the left. At the end of that wall, just about where the children are standing, is the entrance today to the Old Garden Path. I have another postcard that shows two of the same houses pictured above, but from the vantage point of the Old Garden Path.

The same view today.

The same view today.

I have another postcard from around the same time showing the view looking in the opposite direction, taken just on the other side of the house on the left above. You can see the same house in that other postcard.

The house on the left was known in the 1960s and 1970s as the Hammock House. Its owner, Paul Dow, began making hammocks in his retirement for family and friends. As demand grew for his hammocks, he started selling them from his home.

This postcard does not identify a publisher. It was postmarked in 1911.

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5 Responses to Marmion Way, Rockport, Mass., c. 1911

  1. cseavey says:

    Paul Dow was a family friend. Needless to say we had a hammock or two of his making. When I was in high school the house behind the stone wall on the left was occupied by the Whitehead family. Dad was the Buick dealer. His son Warren was my classmate at Gloucester High.

  2. Anna says:

    History is Mysterious as Well as Fasinating……Like Uncovering a Hidden Gem 🙂 Beautiful…..Thanks for Sharing Your Gems……Sharing=Caring 🙂

  3. The now-yellow Dow house looks good and as it should. But note that, in the later photo, it has had a recent-ish well-integrated extension onto the middle gable facing us in the old photos. But, unfortunately, this seems to have happened with the loss of the gracious old front porch. It would be nice if that were added back on sometime in the future. These old photos are really fascinating.

  4. Paul St.Germain says:

    Bob, Nice back ground on the homes along my street.I forwared this to my friend
    Deb (Dow) Whiting who lives across the street from her Dad’s house on Marmion Way.

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