Boy, have times changed. The entire landscape of South Boston transformed from a more rural feel in 1898 to the bustling and vibrant urban neighborhood of 2023!
Here are some photos taken back in August 1898 posted on Boston City Archives on Instagram early this week!
Image 1 (above): D. H. Geer & Son, 448 Swett Street, with a sign reading “Honey, Maple Syrup, and Bees Wax”
Image 2: 23-25 Boston Street showing wood frame houses, trees, and a woman in a doorway
Image 3: Wood frame house and possible barn on Ellery Street
Note from Boston City Archives: The date on the photographs is reversed and should read “98” and not “89”
Editor’s note – My grandparents, JamesDahill and Julia Kenneally, came to South Boston around this time from Ireland. My grandfather, also James “Jim” Dahill, was born here in 1905. There is a park named in his honor at Castle Island. The James F. Dahill Harborview Park leads out to the fish pier at the end of the green space behind Sullivan’s.