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Into the Mystic: 1940

Into the Mystic: 1940

November 1940. "Houses, late afternoon. Mystic, Connecticut." The moldy manse last seen here. Acetate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Gone With The Wind

Already missing in this view, but present in some older historical photos of the home, are the lovely rows of mature elm trees that CT and other New England states were famous for. Lost in Mystic (and elsewhere) to the Hurricane of 1938 and adding to the ravages at that time of Dutch Elm Disease. More's the pity.

Much of what I say is true

In the link to the Josephine Dickenson collection, the history of the house is given as follows: Morgan House, ca. 1930. The house, (187?), 25 Broadway at East Main Street, was the residence of Christopher Morgan in the 1920s. The house appears on the 1879 map of Mystic but is not shown on the 1868 map. In 1868, the property was owned by Charles Mallory. The house was razed in the 1940s or 1950s and an A&P Supermarket built on the property. This house was a good example of the Second Empire style.

DFP is adding:
They say on eerily calm nights the figure of young Miss Morgan, dressed all in white and with white skin and hair comes out of the Mystic Congregational Church. She floats down the steps and begins walking towards this house. The streetlights go out. She stops and, with her hand, places a kiss on the base of the monument to Civil War Union Soldiers. When she gets to where her family's home once stood, she turns and floats up the steps that are no longer there and disappears. Sometimes as she walks you can hear an organ play. They never could get the bloodstains off the organ keys; and they used Bon-Ami.
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Boarding house or multi-family

You can see in both this and previous photos there are multiple entrances to the front of the structure. That tells me it was either a multi-family or a boarding house. Given the shore location, I'm guessing a vacation boarding house/hotel.

[The house has one front door. Those other apertures are windows. - Dave]

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