Queer Places:
Pierlane, Eastern Point Blvd, Gloucester, MA 01930
Miss Davidge's Classes, 30 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022
Campo Cestio, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy

Image result for Joanna Stewart Davidge 1931Joanna Stewart Davidge was born on February 7, 1872, the daughter of William Hathorn Stewart Davidge (1827-1877) and Virginia Mason (1 Feb 1830 - Dec 1919). On 21 March 1911, she married David Randall-MacIver at Grace Church, New York, N.Y. She died on 15 May 1931 at Rome, Italy.

Joanna Stewart Davidge was the owner of a New York finishing school and built “Piers Lane” in 1902-1903 in Gloucester. She summered there until 1929, even after marrying British Egyptologist David Randall-MacIver in 1911 and moving to Italy. Henry Davis Sleeper and his Eastern Point neighbors were leading members of “Dabsville,” a social, artistic, and intellectual colony that flourished in the first third of the twentieth century, that both shaped and publicized Beauport. ”Dabsville” was a playful nickname based on the initials of the friends: D for Davidge, A for A. Piatt Andrew, B for Cecilia Beaux, and S for Catherine Sinkler and Sleeper.


  1. http://gunstonhall.org/library/masonweb/Mason%20Web%20Website%20(Second%20Site)/Mason%20Web-o/p1549.htm
  2. https://www.nps.gov/nhl/find/statelists/ma/Beauport.pdf