Silver Bay Dock copy

The dock (today’s ERC), in a photo by Jesse Sumner Wooley

Hampton Institute Quartet

Hampton Institute Quartet

The Hampton Institute Male Quartet first sang at Silver Bay in 1901, raising $303 in donations for their school. They appeared again in 1926, ’27 and ’28, singing at the YMCA’s Industrial Conference.

The Hampton Normal & Agricultural Institute of Virginia was founded in 1868 by Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong, commander of an African American regiment during the Civil War. Hampton followed the example of Fisk University by forming a gospel ensemble and touring to raise money for the school while presenting a positive and dignified image to the public. The tours began during the 1870s and raised $75,000.

The photo above shows the Hampton Quartet, among them American concert tenor and future lawyer and newspaper publisher Robert S. Abbott, on the campus of the Hampton Institute (later renamed Hampton University) in 1896.



Postcards of Fort Ticonderoga with a Silver Bay postmark are common. This one, printed in Germany for H.R. Hulett in Ticonderoga, was posted in July of 1908 and mailed to Michigan with this message:

“Mr. Farr and I are here at Silver Bay on Lake George enjoying the pleasant company of his brothers and the beautiful scenery. This picture is one of the historic points near here that we shall see next week. Hope you are both well. Sincerely, Jessie and Farr”

To Scotland


In July of 1911, Marion writes to Ida Whiteside at the Old Waverly Hotel in Edinburgh, “Does this look familiar to you? I often think of you here. It is very lovely, isn’t it? I know you are all having a fine time together & I wish I could see you too. Do write when you can. Much love to you.”