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Danvers in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Plains

 
 
The Plains Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Tiernan, November 22, 2010
1. The Plains Marker
Inscription.  Called "Porter's Plain" after 17th century settler John Porter, this level expanse of about one square mile was sparsely inhabited into the mid-18th century.

By the time of the American Revolution, patriot Captain Jeremiah Page had settled here, establishing a prosperous brick-making business. An important crossroads developed at what is now Elm and High Streets, where the 1643 Ipswich road bisected the 1760's "New Road" to Salem. A popular tavern catered to the many travelers passing through the area.

During the 1830s this area grew rapidly with the establishment of eight shoe factories by Samuel Preston, Elias Putname, Joshua Silvester and others, along with two general stores, banks, new homes and churches. A major fire in 1845 resulted in the widening of Maple street in Danvers square, and in 1855 a combined town house and high school was built nearby. converging stage, and later trolly lines, and the intersection of two railroads during the 19th century firmly established the commercial prominence of "Danvers Plains" for generations to come.
 
Erected 1995 by Danvers Preservation

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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1643.
 
Location. 42° 33.977′ N, 70° 56.169′ W. Marker is in Danvers, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is on Maple Street near Central Ave, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 27 Maple St, Danvers MA 01923, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Anne L. Page (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Commemoration of Arnold's Expedition to Quebec (about 400 feet away); Rebecca Nurse Homestead (approx. 0.8 miles away); Salem Village Witchcraft Victims’ Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Salem Village Meeting House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Danversport (approx. 1.1 miles away); Site of Israel Hutchinson's Home / Israel Hutchinson (approx. 1.1 miles away); Samuel Holten House (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danvers.
 
Area around the Plains Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Tiernan, November 22, 2010
2. Area around the Plains Marker
Area around the Plains Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Tiernan, November 22, 2010
3. Area around the Plains Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2010, by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 827 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 23, 2010, by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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