could be The Little Red Shop. These are on the lower pond [a pond whose dam was two
hundred yards, more or less, downstream from Freedom Street, which existed from the days of
the Hopedale Community to about the 1890s.] and the evidence indicates that the Red Shop, on
both it's first and second locations, was just below the dam at Freedom Street. The 1858 map
shows only the Dutcher Temple Company shop near the lower end of the lower pond. The 1875
map shows that the area had built up quite a bit by that time. Frank Dutcher, in the description of
this picture shown above, says that it shows the shops as they looked around 1860. That would
be just a few years after his father, Warren Dutcher, and family, moved to Hopedale.
The hardening shop, the building at the left, was cut off when the previous picture was copied but
the one of interest is the one that is second from the left in this view. The caption says, "Office of
E.D. & George Draper on 2nd floor Tin Shop in basement Shoe salesroom of Pliny Southwick,
North Gable of This Bldg Erected 1842-3 by the Hopedale Community _ " Adin Ballou mentions
only one shop being completed in early 1843 so it's tempting to think that this could be The Little
Red Shop. There are, however, some problems with this conclusion. One is that the maps
drawn at that time don't indicate the Red Shop being in this location. (the lower pond) Also,
Ballou writes that one early shop was 14 x 32 feet and the second one constructed was 30 x 40.
The present Red Shop is 20 x 90. We know that it was lengthened twice, but the twenty foot width
just doesn't match either of those buildings. The Little Red Shop was almost certainly located
just below the dam at the upper pond (at Freedom Street). The shop in the picture above was
probably the 30 x 40 building that, after the demise of the Community in 1856, became the
Dutcher Temple Company. See the Cotton Chats article for more on this.
Several accounts of life in the Community mention dances upstairs in one of the shops.
According to this, that would have been the temple shop, the largest buiding in this picture. The
note at the top left says: The original is on file at Hopedale Library -- Letter of transmittal from
Frank Dutcher to Miss Harriet Sornberger, Librarian, 8 - 10 - 1918
Australia for sending it.
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