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July 2012

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ne Manchester-by-the-Sea Manchester-by-the-Sea's biggest estate was Highwood, built in 1897 for Chicago millionaire William P. Walker, a Tudor man- sion with seven miles of roadways, horse trails, stables, outbuildings, and a water tower. That was standard for the new cot- tages, along with the requisite billiard room and tennis courts. Another famous resident was actor Junius Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth. Junius converted his summer cot- tage above Old Neck Beach (later Singing Beach) into the Masconomo House, a hotel that opened for the season in 1878 and was an instant hit. (Junius is buried in one of the town's four cemeteries.) Above Lobster Cove, Bostonian G. Nixon Black built "Kragsyde" in 1884, one of the finest examples of the Shingle style, according to architectural historian Vincent Scully. Unfortunately, it was demolished in 1929. Also notable were the 20 foreign embas- sies that had moved into town by 1920, as The Details Date of Settlement: 1629. Date of Incorpora- tion: 1645. Zip Code: 01944. Population: 5,136 Total Area: 18 square miles. Median household income: $98,467. Schools: Manchester Essex High and Middle, Essex Elementary and Memorial Elementary. Notable residents: Richard Henry Dana, poet/essayist; Susan Minot, novelist; Ray Ozzie, software entrepreneur; George Putnam III, editor/founder, The Turnaround Letter; Sprague Grayden, actress; Josiah Spaulding, attorney/politi- cian; William Northey Hooper, sugar industry pio- neer; James McMillan, politician; Nat Faxon, actor. Real Estate median Price: $1,395,000, 18 Old Neck Rd., 5 beds, 4 baths, 4,624 square feet. Agent: Mary Pruett, J. Barrett & Company. high end Price: $6,800,000, 505 Summer St., 10 beds, 6.6 baths, 7,284 square feet. Agent: Lanse Robb, LandVest. 44 nshoremag.com July 2012 well as several presidential visits, including those of William Howard Taft and Wood- row Wilson, who at one point retreated for some R&R to the Coolidge Mansion. The Coolidge family donated their home to the Trustees of Reservations, providing the public with their own R&R in the form of a wonderful stroll and picnic on the spectac- ular Ocean Lawn (open weekends). Another Trustees property worth a hike is Agassiz Rock. In 1874, students named the erratic boulder to honor Harvard Univer- sity natural history professor Louis Agassiz and his work on glacial deposits. Before the professor's work, most people believed it was Noah's flood that left the scattering of big rocks throughout New England. In the 1960s, Route 128 linked Cape Ann to Boston, and Manchester officially became a suburb. On the MBTA commuter line, modern commuters can reach Boston in 50 minutes, starting at 5:24 a.m. weekdays. What keeps Manchester humming now are the engaged citizens. Take the Boy Scouts; not only do they enterprisingly sell parking spots at the train station for the

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