■ Moody’s Row: Then and Now

Tri-County Vanguard - - THEN AND NOW -

A ma­jor change in south Yar­mouth can be seen at the cor­ner of Main and Ar­gyle Streets, where Moody’s Row once stood and where now stands the Yar­mouth Red and White Gro­cery Store. For 115 years Moody’s Row was one of Yar­mouth’s most well-known land­marks as this area was a hub of com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity. Brothers Elisha and James Moody came to Yar­mouth from Wey­mouth and be­came in­volved in many ven­tures, in­clud­ing the re­tail and of­fice space they set up in Moody’s Row. In the lat­ter part of the 19th cen­tury, com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity started mov­ing more to­wards the cen­tre part of the town and even­tu­ally two World Wars, and a de­pres­sion, had taken their toll on Moody’s Row. It fell into dis­re­pair. The build­ings were later used for hous­ing, which was cer­tainly not up-scale by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion. In 1964 the build­ings were or­dered de­mol­ished by the town. Still, ac­cord­ing to in­ter­pre­tive pan­els at the site, Moody’s Row, back in the late 1890s, may have been the ear­li­est ex­am­ple of ur­ban re­vi­tal­iza­tion in the prov­ince. Its an­chor store was J.D. Den­nis dry goods mer­chant. The mem­ory of Moody’s Row con­tin­ues to live on.

YAR­MOUTH COUNTY MU­SEUM AND AR­CHIVES

TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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