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1. Wreckage along Joe Wright Brook after the 1874 Mill River Disaster, Williamsburg, Mass. Wreckage along Joe Wright Brook after the 1874 Mill River Disaster, Williamsburg, Mass. Disasters--United States; Dam failures--Massachusetts; Disasters--Massachusetts--Williamsburg Stereographic view of wreckage along Joe Wright Brook in the aftermath of the Mill River Disaster On the morning of May 16, 1874 the huge earthen dam holding back a 100-acre water power reservoir three...

2. Meekins Library, 1900-1910, and Stephen Meekins' gravestone Meekins Library, 1900-1910, and Stephen Meekins' gravestone Meekins Library; Libraries--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Meekins, Stephen, 1812-1894 This photograph shows the Meekins Library a few years after it opened in 1897, and an inset in the upper left corner shows the monument of library donor Stephen Meekins 1/3 mile away in the Village Hill...

3. Lucinda Hitchcock Sampler, 1821 Lucinda Hitchcock Sampler, 1821 Nash, Lucinda Hitchcock, 1808-1901; Williamsburg (Mass.); Samplers; Embroidery-Massachusetts; Nash, Hiram, 1809-1889; Nash, Eleanor, 1833-1862; Nash, Sophia, 1838-1884; Strong, Rev. Joseph, 1728/9-1803; Mayhew, Thomas, 1767-1843; Hubbard, Jeremiah, 1786-1850 A handmade cross-stitch sampler (13 ¾ inches w. x 9 inches h.) on natural linen with dyed wool and silk thread in a modern birdseye maple frame (16 ½ inches w. x 11 ½ inches h.), made in 1821 by Williamsburg...

4. Graves family washing machine, c. 1915 Graves family washing machine, c. 1915 Williamsburg (Mass.); Graves, Joseph Strong, 1853-1920; Graves, Joseph Edwin, 1892-1969; Graves; Ruth Elizabeth, 1896-1979; Graves, Rachael Matilda, 1898-2000; Graves, Dwight Lincoln, 1902-1994; Washing machines This snapshot by a member of the Joseph Strong Graves family shows a home-made, gasoline-powered outdoor precursor of the modern clothes washer. It was likely devised as a present to the women of the household...

5. Water turbine on site of William Skinner's silk mill, Skinnerville, Williamsburg, Mass., after the 1874 Water turbine on site of William Skinner's silk mill, Skinnerville, Williamsburg, Mass., after the 1874 Mill River Disaster Disasters--United States; Disasters--Massachusetts--Skinnerville; Dam failures--Massachusetts; Water turbines; Skinner, William, 1824-1902 Stereographic view of William Skinner's water turbine in Skinnerville after the Mill River Disaster On the morning of May 16, 1874 the huge earthen dam holding back a 100-acre water power reservoir three...

6. Site of the home of Dr. Elbridge Johnson, 1836?-1874, Williamsburg, Mass., after the 1874 Mill River Site of the home of Dr. Elbridge Johnson, 1836?-1874, Williamsburg, Mass., after the 1874 Mill River Disaster Disasters--United States; Disasters--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Dam failures--Massachusetts; Johnson, Elbridge M., 1836-1874; James, Henry Lyman, 1829-1896; Adams, William Henry, 1823-1874 Stereographic view of the place where Dr. Johnson's house and his entire household of six were lost in the Mill River Disaster On the morning of May 16, 1874 the huge earthen dam holding back a 100-acre...

7. View of Williamsburg, Mass. reservoir dam ruins after the 1874 Mill River Disaster View of Williamsburg, Mass. reservoir dam ruins after the 1874 Mill River Disaster Dam failures--Massachusetts; Disasters--United States; Disasters--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Dams--design and construction; Cheney, George, 1844-1918; Spelman, Onslow, 1821-1905 Stereographic view of the ruins of the Williamsburg Reservoir Company Dam after the Mill River Disaster On the morning of May 16, 1874 the huge earthen dam holding back a 100-acre water power reservoir...

8. Main Street in the center of Williamsburg, Mass., circa 1910 Main Street in the center of Williamsburg, Mass., circa 1910 Williamsburg (Mass.); Trolley cars--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Temperance--Societies, etc.; Schools--Massachusetts--Williamsburg This is a view northwestward along Main Street in the center of Williamsburg village, from the intersection of South Street and Main Street (which is now, in 2011, Route 9) toward the Meekins Library and...

9. Hayden, Gere & Co's Brass works, from the East Hayden, Gere & Co's Brass works, from the East Disasters--United States; Dam failures--Massachusetts; Disasters--Massachusetts--Haydenville; Brass Industry and trade--Massachusetts--Haydenville; Hayden, Gere & Co. Stereographic view of Hayden, Gere & Co. brass works, looking upstream after the Mill River Disaster On the morning of May 16, 1874 the huge earthen dam holding back a 100-acre water power reservoir three...

10. Store, Grange Hall, Town Hall c.1910/2011 Store, Grange Hall, Town Hall c.1910/2011 Williamsburg (Mass.); Williamsburg Grange; General stores--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Schools--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; City halls--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Williamsburg Historical Society This pair of images shows a corner of Richard F. Burke's General Store at left (now the Williamsburg General Store); the Williamsburg Center School (now the Grange Hall) at center; and the old Town Hall...

11. Thaddeus Bartlett's house in Skinnerville, Williamsburg, Mass., after the 1874 Mill River Disaster Thaddeus Bartlett's house in Skinnerville, Williamsburg, Mass., after the 1874 Mill River Disaster Disasters--United States; Disasters--Massachusetts--Skinnerville; Dam failures--Massachusetts; Bartlett, Thaddeus, 1807-1884 Stereographic view of the heavily flood-damaged home of Thaddeus Bartlett in Skinnerville after the Mill River Disaster On the morning of May 16, 1874 the huge earthen dam holding back a 100-acre water...

12. Collins Graves' medal for heroism during the Mill River Disaster, Williamsburg, Mass., 1874 Collins Graves' medal for heroism during the Mill River Disaster, Williamsburg, Mass., 1874 Graves, Daniel Collins, 1840-1910; Disasters--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Skinner, William, 1824-1902; Medals; Skinnerville (Mass.); Haydenville (Mass.) On May 16, 1874 a large water-power reservoir dam three miles above Williamsburg on the East Branch of the Mill River failed catastrophically, causing vast destruction and the loss of 139 lives in the...

13. Williamsburg (Mass.) Drum Corps, c. 1904 Williamsburg (Mass.) Drum Corps, c. 1904 Williamsburg (Mass.); Hyde, Elwyn, 1894-1993; Ames, Wesley, 1887-1923; Kelly, George, 1890-?; Waldemire, Casper, ?-?; Graves, Philip Richards, 1887-1969; Hyde, Edward Lucius, 1885-?; Graves, Arthur F., 1886-1978; Williamsburg Drum Corps; Drum and bugle corps--Massachusetts--Williamsburg Group portrait of the Williamsburg Drum Corps, about 1904. But for this photograph, the existence of this local youth organization would be unknown today. No other information has been discovered about...

14. Jane and George Cheney, 1916 Jane and George Cheney, 1916 Williamsburg (Mass.); Disasters--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Disasters--Massachusetts--Northampton; Cheney, George, 1844-1918; Alvord, Jane Elizabeth, 1847-1922; Cheney, Phillip Donald, ?-1919; Graves, Charles Erastus, 1894-1988; Graves, Joseph Edwin, 1892-1969 George Cheney was one of the heroes of the May 16, 1874 Mill River Disaster that took many lives in Williamsburg and Northampton, Mass. Cheney, the caretaker of the huge reservoir dam that failed that...

15. View from east side of reservoir bed, showing west wall and gatekeeper's house, after the 1874 Mill River View from east side of reservoir bed, showing west wall and gatekeeper's house, after the 1874 Mill River Disaster in Williamsburg, Mass. Dam failures--Massachusetts; Disasters--United States; Disasters--Massachusetts; Williamsburg (Mass.); Cheney, George, 1844-1918 Stereographic view of the failed dam and Cheney cabin after the 1874 Mill River Disaster On the morning of May 16, 1874 the huge earthen dam holding back a 100-acre water power reservoir three miles above...

16. Adelbert Bailey triptych Adelbert Bailey triptych Williamsburg (Mass.); Bailey, Adelbert, 1843-1932; Metcalf, Juliet, 1843-1933; United States--History--Civil War, 1816-1865--Veterans; Tintypes Adelbert Bailey was born in Amherst, Mass. and served in the Civil War as a sergeant in the 31st Mass. Infantry. In 1869 he married Juliet Metcalf of Williamsburg, Mass., and they lived in Williamsburg...

17. Williamsburg conch shell, c. 1771 Williamsburg conch shell, c. 1771 Williamsburg (Mass.); Thayer, Joshua, 1742-1822; Local government-Massachusetts-Williamsburg; Shells; Wind instruments This conch shell was blown to call residents to the first meeting of the newly erected District of Williamsburgh on May 6, 1771, and to all Town Meetings for many years thereafter. At that first meeting...

18. Fred Carr carte-de-visite, c. 1882 Fred Carr carte-de-visite, c. 1882 Williamsburg (Mass.); Carr, Fred N., 1869-? Full-length studio portrait of Fred Carr, at the apparent age of about 13. He is wearing an unusual lace-up shirt or tunic, apparently has a pocket watch on a fob in his breast pocket, and on his right...

19. Stephen Meekins Ambrotype, c. 1855-1861 Stephen Meekins Ambrotype, c. 1855-1861 Meekins, Stephen, 1812-1894; Ambrotypes; Portraits--19th century; Williamsburg (Mass.); Bradford, Wealthy, 1812-1875; Meekins Library This hand-tinted sixth-plate ambrotype, in a leather case with oval brass mat (2½ inches w. x 3 inches h.), c.1855-1861, is a portrait of Williamsburg, Mass., resident Stephen Meekins (1812-1894). It...

20. Stephen Meekins at Washington's Tomb Ambrotype, c. 1855-1861 Stephen Meekins at Washington's Tomb Ambrotype, c. 1855-1861 Meekins, Stephen, 1812-1894; Ambrotypes; Portraits--19th century; Williamsburg (Mass.); Washington, George, 1732-1799--Tomb; Tombs--Virginia--Mount Vernon; Meekins Library; Bradford, Wealthy, 1812-1875 This hand-tinted, quarter-plate ambrotype in leather case with rectangular brass mat, (3 inches w. x 4 inches h.), c. 1855-1861, shows Williamsburg, Mass., resident Stephen Meekins (1812-1884) sitting...
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