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Church Street in Salem from the North

Church Street in Salem from the North

Church Street in Salem ran along the western border of the town’s God’s Acre. The fence of God’s Acre can be seen to the left in this photograph.

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  1. This stretch of Church Street between Cemetery Street and Bank Street is where Cedar Avenue now runs. This appears to be before the planting of the cedars. It should be possible to date this photo if we knew when the cedars were planted.

  2. The photo was taken in 1918. It can be dated not by when the cedars were planted (they were extant in the late 18th century), but when the last surviving cedars of a blight which began in 1874 were cut down. You can see the wood piles along the side of the path (which is properly called “Cadear Avenue”. not “Church Street”.) The wood was salvaged for souvenirs which commemorated the trees. Willow oaks were planted in place of the cedars.

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