Historical Photo: Then and Now
This is a photograph of Black Will's Cliff, named after a Native American chief who sold land in what today is part of Swampscott, and Nahant.
The photograph is of Black Will's Cliff. The "Then" photograph shown on Thursday on this website, from an old postcard, says the location is Blackwell Cliff.
Town historian Louis Gallo said the real name of the location is Black Will's Cliff, named after a Native American chief by that name who sold parts of what today is Swampscott, and Nahant, for a mortar and pestle and a suit of clothes.
The strange thing about the deal, said Gallo, was the land did not belong to Black Will.
Thanks to St. John Church for granting access, and unlocking the gate, to the historical site.