June 22, 2010: Joe Leonard Oyster House

Posted by Adam James on December 05, 2014 1 Comment

Our neighbor and fellow oyster farmer Gary M. heard about our oyster shack documentation project and stopped by the other day with a collection of old photos to share. The oyster shack pictured below stands at the mouth of the Waketikeh Creek, the drainage immediately north of the Hamma Hamma. It's an old CCC cabin that was dragged down to the waterfront in the early 1940s. Between 1943 and 1945 several additions were built onto the building, as you can see in the photos below. The building was used as a shucking shack up until the 1980s, when Gary, who owns the property, decided not to upgrade it to meet changes in State health code.

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Joe Leonard Oyster, 1943 (above) and 1945 (below)

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Joe Leonard oyster house today:

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Posted by Steve Mazzoncini on June 15, 2015

I am a grandson of Joe Leonard and the brother of the present owner Gary.
My earliest memories and involvement with my Grand parents helped Me learn about family, work ethics, and the history of the area.
I learned to open or how to shuck oysters as soon as I was tall enough to stand at the shucking table. It was truly a family business in those days.
How I miss my grandparents Joe and Attona and spending time on the property.

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