1878Solomon Trumbull acquired Coffin’s Beach.Location and Setting, Neighborhoods

Coffin’s Beach, 1897. R. S. Tarr, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 16378
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Solomon Trumbull was a stone contractor when he and his wife Clara purchased Coffin’s Beach. Harvesting sand was a popular practice on this beach, as sand could be turned into glass. The Trumbulls sold the land in 1889 to a real estate developer from New York but held on to the right to harvest sand on the beach for the next thirty years. He also owned and operated Trumbull’s Cafe, which was a dancehall and skating rink, but it burned down shortly after he sold the property.

Petition of Solomon Trumbull for compensation for building and maintaining Coffin's Beach. The Cape Ann Deeds Collection. Box 3 FF 46, Item J, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Gloucester, MA.
Petition of Solomon Trumbull for compensation for building and maintaining Coffin's Beach. The Cape Ann Deeds Collection. Box 3 FF 46, Item J, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Gloucester, MA.
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