Commerce on the Common

Commerce on the Common (HM28JI)

Location: Sturbridge, MA 01566 Worcester County
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N 42° 6.435', W 72° 4.749'

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The Publick House, founded by civic leader Ebenezer Crafts in 1771, and the adjacent retail building are survivors of the time when the Common was the commercial center of Sturbridge. The inn served as a stage stop on the Worcester-Stafford Turnpike, hosted Lafayette on his triumphal 1824 tour, and has entertained visitors ever since. Carriage-makers, tailors, painters, and general retailers occupied the adjacent structure (once three buildings, now joined as one). Other private homes around the Common once had similar uses, but the power of the Quinebaug River and the demands of 19th-century technology moved the town's economic center west to its village of Fiskdale.
HM NumberHM28JI
Placed ByThe Town of Sturbridge
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, June 15th, 2018 at 7:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 741501 N 4665813
Decimal Degrees42.10725000, -72.07915000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 6.435', W 72° 4.749'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 6' 26.1" N, 72° 4' 44.94" W
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Area Code(s)508, 774
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 328 MA-131, Sturbridge MA 01566, US
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