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What Was This Building and Where Was It?

The historical societies dig into the archives.

What was this building and where was it located?

Here's a hint, it's in Somers. 

If you think you know the answer, respond in the "Leave a comment" box below this article. We'll run the answer next Tuesday, along with a new historical photo.

The image has been provided by the Somers Historical Society.

Last week's question was "" and there were no guesses. It is the Chauncey Chapman store. A clue for those who haven’t seen the photo is the monument in the McKinstry cemetery that is behind the store. The cemetery is now in front of the library.

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Lynn Fahy, from the Ellington Historical Society says:

"The Chauncey Chapman store is pictured here in 1881. Charles Price, a store clerk is seated in the wagon at the left. Mr. Chapman is standing on the porch.  The sign in front advertises flour, butter, cheese, lard, beef, and hams. The store was destroyed by fire, and the land purchased by Francis Hall of Elmira, New York in 1900 as the site for the Hall Memorial Library."

marina l easton June 19, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Is it in Somersville next to the Mill Pond?? Looking at the house, the mill and dam would be on the left and Ye Old Black Smith Shoppe 2 buildings up at the intersection. ???
marina l easton June 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM
If i am right, my uncle used to live here back in mid 70's when it was a duplex..
Malcolm K. Chadbourne June 19, 2012 at 11:46 AM
No, it was a personal home situated where the Mobil station is located now. On the eastern corner of South and Main streets in Somers. Unfortunately, it was torn down, I think in the 1930's.

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