Brant Rock and Ocean Bluff were originally inhabited by Native Americans, including members of the Wampanoag tribe of the Algonquian peoples. Native American artifacts have been found extensively in the area. The main road through the area, known today as Ocean Street, is a Native American road, likely very ancient. The area at the end of Brant Rock village, known as Blackman's Point, was a Native American campground.

Brant Rock was originally known as "Branch's Island". The name "Brant Rock" eventually came into use, because of the huge rock outcropping along the beach on which Brant geese would tend to rest. From the 17th century through the late 19th century, the area was primarily used for salt marsh haying, cattle grazing, and for fishing and fowling. In the late 19th century, the area became populated by large summer resort hotels and tourist shops.

Hewitt's Island (Ocean Bluff) and Branch's Island were sometimes referred to as the "Spectacle Islands", because together the islands looked like a pair of spectacles or eyeglasses with the nose piece being approximately where the Esplanade is today. After the Green Harbor Dyke was built following the Civil War, the tidal salt marshes in the area dried up. The Spectacle Islands were no longer surrounded by water from the tidal flooding of the marshes, and ceased to constitute "islands".

Photo by Al Gaudette - CLICK HERE to see more of Al's photos

Photo by Jack and Linda - CLICK HERE to see more of their photos

Storm Sequence by Al Gaudette

A good summary with many postcards

The ESPLANADE in the 40s - 50s - 60s 

Remember the Breaker's? The smell of the popcorn at Estes's Candy Kitchen? The best penny candy was at Bud's. Penny's made great subs. The back exit from the theater that led to a rickety staircase descending into the marsh below. Mommy's blueberry muffins.....yum!
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Old Haddad's and Post Office after a Flood
contributed by Al Gaudette

Contributed by Kevin Gilmartin

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