Dr. Anne T. Rodgers has generously allowed the Lanesville Community Center to reproduce and include in this CD a number of images from her family albums, including the many close-ups of Lanes Cove fishermen and other Lanesville residents, as well as snapshots of the cove in earlier times. Dr. Rodgers is the granddaughter of George and Emily Rodgers, who for many years owned the two cottages at the end of Andrews Street, next to what is now the boat ramp. Old timers will remember the cottages as “Fleetwood” and “Seashell”, as well as Emily’s flower boat, which inspired the poem “The Flower Boat” by Robert Frost, who visited the cove in the 1930’s. The flower boat tradition is now carried on by Joan Stowell.
Starting in the 1930’s and continuing until his death in 1956, George Rodgers was harbormaster for the Lanes Cove Pier Company. Although George and Emily were summer residents, they were very active in a number of Lanesville community organizations.
According to Dr. Rodgers, the early photos – those going back to the first decades of the 20th century – were taken by Howard and Fred Foster, who were both prolific amateur photographers and the proprietors of Foster’s Drugstore on Washington Street in Lanesville. Fred Foster gave these photos to Emily Rodgers, and through the generosity of her granddaughter Anne they are now the centerpiece of this collection.