Monday, July 20, 2009

The View from Shockley Hill, c. 1890

This stereocard dating from about 1890 is one in a series of posed views depicting scenes about Lakeville produced by Middleborough druggist John Shaw for sale in his apothecary shop. The young girl in the light-colored jacket appears in a number of other views made at the time by Shaw. Here she sits with a companion near the crest of Shockley Hill off Highland Road in Lakeville and the two gaze northwards towards Lake Assawompsett. The house at the base of the hill on Highland Road still stands. The large complex in the center near Lake Assawompsett is the Sampson Tavern barn behind which a portion of the tavern itself is visible. It was demolished in 1911 by the City of Taunton. The house at the far right was also owned by the Sampson family and last served as the Tamarack restaurant. It was levelled in a controlled burn in 2002 by the Town of Lakeville. The site is now occupied by Tamarack Park.
"Lakeville Scenes", View from Shockley Hill (Middleborough, MA: John Shaw, publisher, c. 1890).


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