COURTESY PHOTO The Horsford Girls ca. 1872. Clockwise from top left: Mary, Kate, Gertrude, Cornelia, Lilian Horsford, taken in Cambridge Mass.
Stories abound at the manor of visible — and not-so-visible — female residents.
The voices of women are easily lost to history. Deeds, lawsuits and business interests are the documents of men and what are most often found in archives when one is doing historical research. (more…)
Augustus Johnson (aboveO was born in Sag Harbor in 1872. The Johnson family lived on Hampton Street in Eastville in a house called ‘The Ivy Cottage.’ Part of the tintype collection was found in the cottage nailed to the floor boards in the late 1970s. Augustus worked as a handyman and he lost his arm in a work accident. The portrait is a type of photograph called a cabinet card and was taken by photographer William G. Howard in his Sag Harbor studio. (Courtesy: Eastville Community Historical Society).
Back in the 1970s, Sag Harbor’s Greg Therriault was refinishing the floor of a small house he owned on Hampton Road called “The Ivy Cottage” when he discovered a series of small, metal rectangular objects nailed to the floorboards. (more…)