The Landing was established by Major John Bradford as a landing place on the Jones River for wood, fish, and other merchandise which was being exported or imported, it passed in due course into the hands of other dealers and traders. After the building of ships became a great industry of the town, the Landing became more and more popular as a home for the men who owned the yards or who worked there, and also for the captains and crews of vessels owned by our local men. The Landing extended from the bluff on which Mr. Theodore Padelford's house stood on down river to the salt marsh on which George Shiverick has his boat building shop, but did not include the bluff, nor the salt marsh. The old house opposite the Major John Bradford House did, however, stand on the Landing (built by Stephen Drew, builder and owner of vessels and later it served as a Holmes boarding house).

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