"Painted 1937. A winter painting of the back of the Baptist church in Shelburne Falls with the Deerfield River in the foreground with a party of children skating on the ice--- a screen of decorative trees thrown from the foreground against river, houses, church and sky. This painting was made in 1937 in the studio from a similar painting made in my early career around 1920 which had somewhat darkened with varnish and medium. After painting the above I destroyed the original."
"......A painting of the Baptist church which was made 25 years ago shows its old tower and also shows the skaters on the river as they were before the dams were built."
This painting hung for many years in a Shelburne Falls bank. It is now privately owned and is currently being shared with the Buckland and Shelburne Historical Societies when they have their "open house" during the summer.
Exhibited at Westfield Athenaeum, Westfield, Mass, Sept. 1941. In an unusual move, Robert Strong Woodward signed the upper right of the canvas.
See also Across the Stream, a very similar painting yet different vantage point of the Deerfield River of the Shelburne Falls Baptist Church. In Across the Stream, the church is on the left side.
Below: Is a clipping from the Recorder-Gazette (Wed., July 27, 1960) regarding the demolition of this church's clock tower.