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1. 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...

2. 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...

3. 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...

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. 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...

6. 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...

7. 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...

8. Sophie Eaton & Ronald Reagan, 1969 Sophie Eaton & Ronald Reagan, 1969 Williamsburg (Mass.); Damon, Sophia Clara, 1896-1987; Reagan, Ronald Wilson, 1911-2004; Pillsbury Company; Elementary school teachers--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Baking-Competitions--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Bake-Off (Contest) Sophie (Damon) Eaton, a beloved grammar-school teacher in Williamsburg for many decades, was a finalist in the 20th Annual Pillsbury Company Bake-Off Competition held in Atlanta, Georgia in 1969. As part...

9. 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...

10. 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...

11. Capt. Charles E. Tileston at home, c. 1900 Capt. Charles E. Tileston at home, c. 1900 Williamsburg (Mass.); Tileston, Charles Edward, 1829-1902; Bisbee, Maria Evelyn, 1897-?; Bisbee, Inez Wells, 1898-1970; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Veterans; Carriages and carts--Massachusetts--Williamsburg This photograph shows Capt. Charles E.Tileston, Civil War commander of Co. I, 52nd Mass. Infantry, outside his house in the Searsville district of Williamsburg, Mass., about 1900-1902. Seated in his handsome...

12. Alice C. House cabinet card, c. 1885 Alice C. House cabinet card, c. 1885 Williamsburg (Mass.); Chesterfield (Mass.); Haydenville (Mass.); Agawam (Mass.); House, Alice C., 1862-1921 Full-length studio portrait of Alice C. House, born in Chesterfield, Mass. and a resident of Haydenville (part of Williamsburg, Mass.) from 1870 until after 1900. She taught a Sunday school class and worked...

13. 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...

14. 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...

15. Dr. Elijah Paine's ledger, 1785-1797 Dr. Elijah Paine's ledger, 1785-1797 Williamsburg (Mass.); Paine, Elijah, 1724-1814; Account books-Massachusetts-Williamsburg; Barter-Massachusetts-Williamsburg; Physicians-Massachusetts-Williamsburg. Ledger or account book kept by early Williamsburg, Mass. physician, tavern keeper and farmer Elijah Paine from 1785 through 1797. In an era when cash was very scarce, Paine accepted every kind of goods...

16. Home of W. A. Hawks and site of first Williamsburg, Mass. library Home of W. A. Hawks and site of first Williamsburg, Mass. library Williamsburg (Mass.); Hawks, William Avery, 1834-1892; Jones, Annie Juliet, 1851-1921; Hawks, Clara Bodman, 1888-1975; Meekins, Stephen, 1812-1894; Libraries--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Dwellings--Massachusetts--Williamsburg This photographic post card shows the North Main Street, Williamsburg home of William Avery Hawks. Advocates for culture and refinement, Mr. Hawks and his second wife Annie Juliet (Jones) founded the Williamsburg...

17. Stereoscope, c. 1885 Stereoscope, c. 1885 Williamsburg (Mass.); Stereoscope. This is a handheld device for viewing stereographic images in simulated 3D. The standard stereograph or stereo view format (side-by side images taken from about 2.5 inches apart, printed, and mounted the...

18. 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...

19. Tool Factory Workers, Williamsburg, Mass., circa 1900-1910 Tool Factory Workers, Williamsburg, Mass., circa 1900-1910 Tool and die industry--Employees--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Clothing & dress--United States--1900-1910; Williamsburg Manufacturing Company Eleven workmen pose in front of the Williamsburg Manufacturing Company building at the intersection of Williams Street and Buttonshop Road, Williamsburg, circa 1900-1910. Trim details visible on the building...
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