Images of America: Manchester-by-the-Sea

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By Stephen Roberts Holt

Published by Arcadia © 2009

Softcover - 127 pages

Manchester-by-the-Sea is known today for its historic summer colony, made famous by the rich and illustrious seeking relief from the city. Presidents, ambassadors, Brahmans, and robber barons escaped with a full staff of servants, to an exclusive enclave where they romanticized and idealized the past. Prominent artists captured the idyllic environment on canvas, the most famous being Winslow Homer. Originally farmers, the first colonists learned to build boats, fish, and trade along the coastal waters, becoming clipper ship captains in the late 18th century. Located on Boston’s famous North Shore, Manchester remains a quiet, isolated place enjoyed by residents and tourists alike.