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Scenes from a Time Gone By

Some of the images in the exhibit are original prints made from glass plate negatives—a standard photographic practice at the turn of the century—while others are contemporary prints made from those original glass plates. “Everybody loves to see those old photos,” says Jennifer Morgan Williams, director of the Osterville Historical Museum. “It’s really about exploring the history that’s all around us.”

Scenes from a Time Gone By

The Osterville Historical Museum is contributing a few images, including a 30-inch panorama of the East Bay Lodge. Osterville was a destination point a century ago for some of America’s most powerful families, Morgan Williams says. The Duponts, the Mellons, and other families tethered to wealthy business magnates would visit in the summer for a month at a time, and they would stay at one of about a dozen inns in the village—including East Bay Lodge on East Bay Road. While the lodge fell into disrepair before being torn down in the mid-1990s, the photo on display in “Revisiting the Past” depicts the inn in its early 1900s heyday, with its impressive two main buildings and, in the distance, the waters of East Bay. A man stands in the driveway at the center of the image, while a woman sews on the porch and children practice archery in the side yard. “People are always asking about the East Bay Lodge,” Morgan Williams says. “It was fancy, elegant, old Cape Cod.”

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Matthew Gill

Matthew is the Managing Editor for Cape Cod Life Publications.

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