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Asbury Grove Methodist Camp Meeting, Hamilton MA

The Asbury Grove Methodist Camp Meeting on Asbury St. n Hamilton is listed in the National Register of Historic Districts, and has a collection of historic buildings that were built between 1870 and 1960. The land is owned by the Association, while the houses owned individually by the residents. 12,000 people, most from Boston, attended the first camp…

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19th Century political toasts

In April, 1778, a number of prominent Essex County men gathered in Ipswich to discuss the drafting of a new Massachusetts constitution, and became the local backbone of the Federalist Party, advocating the financial policies of Alexander Hamilton. President John Adams coined the name “Essex Junto” for this group, who he deemed his adversaries. The Federalist Party dominated Ipswich politics until…

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Hitler’s rise to power, and the role of Ipswich in World War II

July 1932: Adolf Hitler rises to power The Wall Street Crash of 1929 heralded worldwide economic disaster, and the Nazis and the Communists in the 1930 Election secured over 50% of Reichstag seats, which required the moderate parties to negotiate. “The Communists”, wrote Alan Bullock, “announced that they would prefer to see the Nazis in power rather than lift a…