This is the ninth in a twelve-part series about Wenham photographer Benjamin Conant. It is also part of a larger series of Hamilton and Wenham, Massachusetts, oral histories of the towns, produced by William Heitz and Edmund Josephs from 1986 through 1995. It was originally taped on November 24, 1992 and was uploaded to the Internet Archive by Sarah Lauderdale, Head of Reference at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, on Friday, September 11, 2015. Our thanks to William Heitz for permission to upload this content to the Internet Archive. Our thanks also to volunteer John Brucker for his description of the interview, included below.
Summary: Following a brief discussion of how Benjamin Conant became interested in photography, Harold Boothroyd presents Conant’s photographs of Wenham from the 1890s and early 1900s. Photos presented in this interview include those of homes from Wenham Neck, Dodges Row, Walnut row, and Main street from Larch Row to the Wenham border.
Keywords: The following names and terms were used in this interview: Arthur D. Trout, Lawrence Dodge, Nixon lithograph, Elm trees, Dutch Elm Disease.
Photographs: The following Conant photographs were presented in this interview: Spiller’s house Dodges Row , Robert F. Dodge House , Boundary Marker at Dodges Row near Beverly Wenham border , Holden/Killam house , John H. Dodge portrait , Ezra Dodge house Walnut Road , China cabinet Ezra Dodge house , Mcgee/Fulsom/Hale estate , Balch Estate , Pingree house , Sias/Ayer estate , Miles river bridge , Balch/Cunningham house , T. Mandell estate , C.D. Sias barn , Close up of Sias barn , Frederick Ayer estate , Mary Luscom house Main Street Wenham , Main street looking east towards Hamilton , George Patch house , Mildrum/Patch house , Hutton/Killam/Cressey house  & , J. H. Perkins Jr. house  & , Main street looking west from Perkins house , Elm tree  and , Fred Perkins house , Main street looking east between Main Street and Linden Street , Fred Perkins house , Fred Perkins house , Anderson house , Garvin/Norris/Crediford house , Main street by Norris house , Francis Merrill house , James Pickett house , Gould/Dodge/Woodbury/Libby house , Elly Libby house , Peabody/Pingree house , Amos Hobbs house , Marion/Dodge/Callahan house , Peabody/Dodge house , Thomas Pingree house , Mile marker at Pingree house , Abbott Johnson house  & , Captain Kimball house  & , Main street looking west towards Hamilton/Wenham border .