Annisquam Lighthouse is situated on the Annisquam River, which is in fact an estuary that connects Ipswich Bay to Gloucester Harbor. In 1631, the village of Annisquam was founded on the eastern side of the northern end of the river. The village grew into a fishing and shipbuilding center that during its heyday rivaled Gloucester. For ships traveling the coast, the river was considered an important refuge.
The lighthouse got its start with an April 29, 1800 act of Congress that authorized the erection of a light on Wigwam Point in Annisquam. The act also provided for the appointment of a keeper and other support of such lighthouse at the expense of the United States, provided that sufficient land for the lighthouse be granted to the United States. That land was to come from Gustavus Griffin, who deeded six-and-one-half acres on October 26, 1800, for which the U.S. Government paid him $140. The area was known as Wigwam Point, because it was historically a summer gathering place for Native Americans. Annisquam is a combination of the local Native Indian name for a harbor, “squam”, and “Ann” from Cape Ann, after Queen Anne of England. Originally, it was frequently written as “Anesquam.”
In 1801, $2,000 was spent for the construction of the original thirty-two-foot wooden lighthouse, which displayed a fixed white light forty feet above the water. A two-room keeper’s dwelling was erected near the tower. The light’s first keeper was James Day, a Gloucester native, who was provided an annual salary of $200. George Day helped is father mind the light, and when James Day became seriously ill in 1805, George was made the official keeper.
An article published in the Boston Post during the early years of the light provides insight into the life of Keeper James Day and his family. The article, quoted in The Lighthouses of New England, states:
A large milk pan, an iron pot, and a dozen wooden spoons made up the greater part of their housekeeping articles; and their livestock consisted of a cow. It was their custom, while boiling their hominy for supper, to milk the cow into the pan, and after turning in the hominy and placing it on the floor, to gather around with their wooden spoons, and all help themselves from the same dish. On one of these occasions, old parson F., their minister happened to be paying them a parochial visit; and one of the boys, being a bit crowded, thought he could better his position by changing it to the opposite side of the dish. In attempting to do this, by stepping across, he accidently put his dirty foot square onto the milk and hominy, and before he could take it out again the rest had revenged themselves for the interruption by rapping him smartly on his bare leg with their wooden spoons, and without taking any further notice of the affair, went on eating as before…
Aerial view of the Lighthouse and Coast Guard station 1956
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Or come have a couple of drinks and cheer on the newest team, The Bag of Hammers.
Team Captain Greg Bover will lead The Bag of Hammers, Christine Armstrong, James Dowd, and Paul Morrison, to victory. They are setting the bar low hoping to outwit at least any other bag of hammers that have entered the trivia contest.
Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, October 26th – 7pm
Guest Hosts: RON & SHEILA!!!
The very popular Ron Schrank & Sheila Jones take the
reins at the “Rhumby” this week, hosting “Honkytonk Women’s
Deb Wantman (pictured below) as guest. A good time will be
had by all, I’m sure! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…
…now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
11/02 – Dan King (w/guest Bill Gleason)
11/09 – Fly Amero Returns! (w/guest Mark Hoffmann)
So every morning a go to Dunkin Donuts and get an XL Tea. I know that I should save the money and the environment by making my own tea at work, but it saves me from having to worry about having skim milk at work and it is a “luxury” I give myself. TODAY….I walked into DD to get my XL tea and the lovely young lady behind the counter explains that they no longer sell XL tea. You can only get a large and it comes in the Latte cup. So looking around at the Coffee lovers getting their XL Coffee in their XL cups I say to her…so you still have the cups for and XL Coffee…why can’t you just give me an XL tea in that cup? Her only answer was that they don’t sell tea in those cups anymore. I get to work and my co-worker is enjoying her XL 24 oz coffee and I am feeling a little jealous lol! You would think they would want my extra 50 cents every day for my extra 4oz of water….so thanks DD. You will save me about $20 a week and save the environment 7 XL cups a week cause I’ll be switching to a nice big 24oz contigo mug and bringing my own skim milk to work!
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Rev. Sue earned her Master of Divinity degree with distinction from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (Boston College) in 1994. She has served as chaplain at Wellesley College, where she was part of a pioneering interfaith spiritual life program, working with Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Protestant, Unitarian, and Muslim colleagues and students. Later, as Chaplain with Community Hospice in Schenectady, NY she became a skillful spiritual counselor and end-of-life educator.In November 2014, Rev. Sue moved to Cape Ann with her husband, artist David Arsenault. She is Dean of Second Year students and teaches on the Spiritual Care of the Dying at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in NY, NY.