Danvers in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
From 1632-1754 a few farms and native American habitations dotted the woodlands among this land originally granted to pioneer settlers Gov. John Endecott and Rev. Samuel Skelton. On the road to Salem lay the farm of George Jacobs, Sr., a victim of the witchcraft hysteria of 1692.
By the mid 18th century Archelaus Putnam, Israel Hutchinson and others, realizing the potential of the Danvers river system, began its industrial development. Tidal powered grist, saw and other mills were erected on "Ye neck of land" and bridges were built and maintained by area residents to open up a direct roadway with Salem.
By 1775, this "New mills" area was a center for shipping, shipbuilding, and fishing. Danvers bricks, made from rich local clay pits, became a national standard. By the end of the 18th century Nathan Reed, inventor and entrepreneur, set up an iron works and developed a nail cutting machine. Later still the leather tanning industry lured immigrant of wide ethnic diversity to the area now known as Danversport.
The Endecott Pear Tree and cemetery and many early buildings remain in this active section of town.
Erected 1994 by Danvers Preservation Commission.
Location. 42° 33.133′ N, 70° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 Water Street, Danvers MA 01923, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Israel Hutchinson's Home / Israel Hutchinson (here, next to this marker); The Endecott Pear Tree (was approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported missing. ); In Commemoration of Arnold's Expedition to Quebec (approx. one mile away); The Plains (approx. 1.1 miles away); Rebecca Nurse Homestead (approx. 1.2 miles away); Samuel Holten House (approx. 1.8 miles away); Planters Path to their Landing Place (approx. 1.8 miles away); Salem Village Witchcraft Victims’ Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danvers.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2011, by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 618 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 29, 2011, by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.