■ Moody’s Row: 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.