There were 124 paintings of local homesteads and landscapes done by noted artist Ellen M Carpenter over the period 1875-1908. These paintings appear in the book, “Historical Reminiscences of the Early Times in Marlborough, Massachusetts,” by Ella Bigelow, published in 1910. Today the paintings are owned easy to find: They’re on display at the Marlborough Library. But what about the houses? Are they still standing? What became of them? In this session I’ll discuss my multi-year project–obsession?–with finding all of them and creating a site history for each, with photographs taken from the same angle and location as the original paintings. I’ll describe the resources I used for researching old houses and sites, and show you the result, with “Then and Now” photographs.
Presenter: Chandra Lothian, Marlborough Historical Society Trustee.