History of the Endicott/Endecott Pear TreeThe pear tree was planted in its current location between 1632 and 1649 (William Bentley reports dates of 1630, 1631, and 1639 in his diary). It was planted by John Endecott, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, one of the Colony's earliest settlers, and ancestor of Endicott Peabody—and it was likely brought from England on the Arabella in June 1630.Tradition holds to that Endecott himself planted the pear tree in the presence of his children, farmworkers and reportedly declared: "I hope the tree will love the soil of the new world and no doubt when we have gone the tree will still be alive”.The 1925 USDA Agriculture Yearbook, citing the memoir of Samuel Endicott—a descendant of Endecott (the spelling of the family name changed in the 18th century)—suggests that the tree may have been transplanted from Endecott's garden in Salem to Endecott’s farm in Danvers. An article in the Salem Observer, written in 1852 by Samuel P. Fowler, lends further credence to this idea, noting that it was in Salem proper that Endecott "probably planted his famous pear tree.” Flower also reports that Endecott was likely among the first to cultivate fruit in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.During the Centennial Celebration in Danvers, Massachusetts in June 1852, the Endicott Pear Tree was heralded as "probably the oldest cultivated fruit-bearing tree in New England." At that time the pear tree was over 200 years old. One hundred and fifty years have passed since that proclamation was made and the Endicott Pear Tree is still producing fruit. It is very unlikely that any other cultivated fruit tree in North America is as old. As this was written in August 2002, the Endicott Pear Tree is approximately 372 years old! (Today it is 382 years old.
In the USDA Agriculture Yearbook for 1925, there is a report about "the remarkable fruit tree" in Danvers, Massachusetts. This report cites the memoir of Governor Endicott's descendant, Samuel Endicott, that the tree may have been planted in its present location in 1632, or it may have been transplanted from "Governor Endecott's garden in Salem."
National Park Service Names new Captain for Friendship
Congratulations to the first permanent Captain of the Friendship, Jeremy Bumagin. The Friendship is a replica of the 1797 East Indiaman by the same name. The original ship made 15 voyages to the Far East and Europe. On her last voyage she was captured by the British off the English coast as the War of 1812 had just been declared. Today, you can tour and visit the Friendship at Derby Wharf. Learn more about Friendship.
Town of Essex Boat Builder, Harold Burnham, Receives One of Nine NEA Fellowships
(July 6-8, July 13-15)
If you have ever owned a dog, loved a dog or wished your dog would take a long weekend, you don't want to miss Sylvia by A.R. Gurney running July 6-8 and July 13-15. Meet empty-nesters Greg (David Allen George) and Kate (Linda Burtt) whose well-planned shift to a new phase of life is upended by stray pup Sylvia (Kate Amory). This unique look at love and relationships also features James Fallon and is directed by William Cunningham.
Maine (July 20-22, July 27-29)
What would summer in New England be without a visit to the state of Maine? On a cold, clear moonless night, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, residents of Almost find themselves falling in and out of love is unexpected and often hilarious ways. John Cariani has created a romantic fable that explores the mysteries of the human heart. We'll spend two weekends in Almost, Maine, July 20-22 and then again July 27-29. The cast includes Angelo Athanasopolus, Brianne Beatrice, Bryan Collins, Sara Tode and Michael Zuccola. Directed by Brianne Beatrice.
- Greater Tuna (August 3-5)What do Arles Struvie, Thurston Wheelis, Aunt Pearl, Petey Fisk, Phineas Blye, and Rev. Spikes have in common? They are all among the upstanding citizens of Tuna, Texas – the big state’s third smallest town. You will meet them if you select our Greater Tuna itinerary, August 3-5. The long-running Off Broadway hit features two actors creating the entire population of Tuna in a tour de farce of quick change artistry, changing costumes and characterizations faster than a jack rabbit runs from a coyote. Featuring: Bryan Collins and David Allen George.