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Then & Now: The William Endicott House

The historic house on Water Street holds the fascinating stories of William Endicott.

On the corner of Water Street in Danvers, sits the former home of William Endicott. The house, one of the few from the 1800’s that were made of brick, holds quite a bit of history about its famous Danvers resident. William Endicott was born in 1809 and was known as a descendent of Governor John Endicott. In the earlier years of his life, Endicott became interested in crafting Moroccan outfits and began a short career of it, until he decided to follow his passion of humanitarian efforts. Some of the humanitarian efforts included becoming a part of the anti-slavery movement. Endicott wrote many abolition papers in an effort to end slavery.

In 1831, Endicott set out as third mate on a ship known as Glide.  

Glide was shipwrecked off the Fiji Islands, but miraculously, Endicott lived to tell the stories of what he saw on the islands. His stories of the living conditions intrigued many, and were published, forty two years after his death, in 1923. The narrative, Wrecked among Cannibals in the Fijis. A Narrative of Shipwreck and Adventure in the South Seas, describes the cannibalistic acts that Endicott witnessed first hand.

When Endicott returned from Fiji, he became an inspector at the Salem Courthouse, where he worked until his death in 1881.

The name Endicott is a very popular one in Danvers and surrounding towns. This particular William Endicott of Danvers, tells an interesting story of his passionate and eventful life.

The house, which has been slightly renovated over the years, still stands on Water Street and holds, yet another, piece of Danvers history.

Carol October 16, 2011 at 12:14 PM
This has always been known as the Captain Samuel Fowler House, and its not on Water Street as its located at the corner of High and Liberty Street. Link to Samuel Fowler House: http://www.hplovecraft.com/creation/sites/pics.asp?id=fowler
Karen Lewis October 16, 2011 at 12:50 PM
I agree with Carol. As I was reading the story and saw the picture, I was confused. Do you have the wrong picture?
Molly Buccini October 16, 2011 at 12:57 PM
Hi ladies...thanks for your feedback about the misinformation--we're going back to the history books to fact check today's Then & Now. We'll update it as soon as possible.
Michael J Bourgault October 16, 2011 at 03:53 PM
Any relation to the owners of the Endicott Estate off of Forest Street?
Karen Lewis October 28, 2011 at 11:47 AM
Hi Molly! We're still waiting for the update on your article about the "William Endicott House".
Monica Noury November 02, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Update: The town archivist, Richard Trask, has informed me that this particular house has since been demolished, but was located roughly in the area of 17 Water Street! Hope this clears up all of the confusion and thank you for your patience!
Karen Lewis November 02, 2011 at 08:40 PM
Thanks for looking into the story further, Monica. Your facts are probably correct, but the house pictured was the wrong house. Number 17 Water Street would be where the Pelletier Rug Co is located now. Did you try to find a picture of the real William Endicott House?
Monica Noury November 03, 2011 at 03:22 AM
Unfortunatly, because the house was torn down many years ago, the only picture I could locate is the one posted, which is from the 1800s.

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