|Ferncroft Pond, where I used to skate|
My time was limited (spare hours around the edges of a conference October 18-20, 2017, at the DoubleTree Inn), but I thoroughly enjoyed brief excursions in the glorious fall weather.
With me for two days was a friend unfamiliar with Danvers, so I served as her tour-guide, showing her special places in the landscape of my childhood.
|Some call this "Grandmother's Rock"|
Nichols Street, cut off by Rte 95, now ends not far north of the Hoberg house. Back in the 1940's it would have been possible to walk or drive north all the way to Ferncroft Road and the old ice pond. Nichols Street originally extended in a straight line towards the old Route 1, up and over the west side to Dale's Hill (a.k.a. Nichols Hill) and ending about where Ferncroft Road now begins. Today the drive from Nichols Street to Ferncroft Road is indirect, involving confusing loops of newer roads.
The old candy store is now Nik's Giovanni's, selling pizza, kabobs, and soda. I did find a few small pieces of candy there, and bought some, just for nostalgia.
|The old candy store is now Nik's Giovanni's|
|Store at 1 Nichols Street|
|Rte 62 (Maple St) looking northwest from Nik's Giovani's. The entrance to|
Nichols Street and Spring Street is now ahead on the right (where you see the truck's tail lights, and white sign).
|17th century house that once was on Spring Street.|
This 17th century house had been the home of my ancestor Sarah Warren Prince (later Osborne). She raised two sons, one of whom married into the Nichols family. I've been told of a family cemetery on Spring Street, but I was unable to locate it.
|These stalls reminded me somewhat of the stalls in the old Locust Lawn barn.|
|Community gardens and fall foliage|