Day 4 - Portrait of St. Marys
A VIEW OF DOWNTOWN ST. MARYS
Art plays an important role throughout history - and for St. Marys, this is no exception.
Did you know the earliest reference to the name "St. Marys" is found on a watercolour painting by artist (and surgeon) George R. Dartnell... dating back to 1842 (from the book "Historic St. Marys" by Larry Pfaff).
Dartnell's watercolour painting is the first known view of St. Marys. According to Pfaff, the painting entitled "new settlement of St. Marys at the falls on the Thames 21 Oct 1842", "showed the piers of the first bridge across the Thames, the original Ingersoll grist mill, the first log house, and the virgin forest extending right to the bands of the river".
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