The Plains

The Plains (HMPO0)

Location: Danvers, MA 01923 Essex County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 33.977', W 70° 56.169'

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Called "Porter's Plain" after 17th century settlerJohn Porter, this level expanse of about one squaremile was sparsely inhabited into the mid-18th century.

By the time of the American Revolution, patriotCaptain Jeremiah Page had settled here, establishinga prosperous brick-making business. An importantcrossroads developed at what is now Elm and HighStreets, where the 1643 Ipswich road bisected the1760's "New Road" to Salem. A popular tavern cateredto the many travelers passing through the area.

During the 1830s this area grew rapidly with theestablishment of eight shoe factories by SamuelPreston, Elias Putname, Joshua Silvester and others,along with two general stores, banks, new homes andchurches. A major fire in 1845 resulted in the wideningof Maple street in Danvers square, and in 1855a combined town house and high school was builtnearby. converging stage, and later trolly lines,and the intersection of two railroads during the19th century firmly established the commercialprominence of "Danvers Plains" for generations to come.

HM NumberHMPO0
Year Placed1995
Placed ByDanvers Preservation Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 9:54am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 341079 N 4714469
Decimal Degrees42.56628333, -70.93615000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 33.977', W 70° 56.169'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 33' 58.62" N, 70° 56' 10.14" W
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Area Code(s)978, 617, 351
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 31 Maple St, Danvers MA 01923, US
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