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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. Williamsburg's official town weights and measures cabinet and accessories Williamsburg's official town weights and measures cabinet and accessories Weights, Balance; Weights and measures--History; Weights and measures--Law and legislation--Massachusetts This is a large (66 inch W x 77 inch H x 24 inch D) elaborately faux-grained wooden cabinet housing a beautifully machined precision equal-arm balance, a graduated set of weights for use on it, several...

3. 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...

4. Nash Hill Schoolhouse restoration diptych, c. 1971-86 Nash Hill Schoolhouse restoration diptych, c. 1971-86 Williamsburg (Mass.); Schools--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Rural schools--Massachusetts--Williamsburg This pair of photographs shows the one-room schoolhouse on Nash Hill in Williamsburg, Mass., which was in use on its present site from 1786 until 1917. The pictures were taken during and after its restoration...

5. 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...

6. 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...

7. 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...

8. 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...

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. 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...
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