This is the view from the Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA USA. Taken 5/9/10 (spring).
Its history dates back as far as December 29, 1634, when a group of Ipswich town selectmen unanimously voted “That the Neck of Land wheareuppon the great Hill standeth, which is known by the name of the Castle Hill, lyeinge on the other side of this River towards the Sea, shall remayne unto the common use of the Towne forever.”
In June 1637, John Winthrop, Jr., the town’s founder and son of Governor John Winthrop, threatened to leave Ipswich, and Castle Hill was deeded to him as an enticement to stay. In 1644, he deeded Castle Hill to Samuel Symonds, Deputy Governor, who in turn deeded it to his son-in-law, Daniel Epps, in 1660. By 1745, it belonged to the Brown family. After John Burnham Brown died, the property was purchased by Richard Teller Crane, Jr., on January 10, 1910. Crane was the president of the Crane Co. of Chicago, which he inherited from his father, Richard Teller Crane, who founded the company in 1855.
It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1998.
Nikon D300, PSE 7, Photomatix and finished in Picasa (1 raw image), handheld, 200 ISO, 70×300.
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