1914A forest fire consumed peat and loam in the swamp near Goose Cove and brought stakes of an old tan pit into view.Events & Anniversaries, Location and Setting, Fires, Landscape

The tan pit was from the early 1700s and was owned by Jesse Saville, who had a farm nearby. The pit was dug in the center of the swamp, and white pine stakes were driven into the ground, with cross pieces on which the hides could be hung to be soaked and treated to convert them into leather.

Copeland, Melvin T., and Elliott C. Rogers. The Saga of Cape Ann. Bond Wheelwright Co., 1960.
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