Pierce Shops - Chesterfield
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler
N 42° 54.400 W 072° 25.199
18T E 710615 N 4753680
Local shop sold spinning wheel heads in mid-19th century.
Waymark Code: WMFEPR
Location: New Hampshire, United States
Date Posted: 10/07/2012
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Spofford Village attained national stature in the 19th century for the manufacture of bits, augers, and gimlets in a series of shops powered by Partridge Brook. Benjamin Pierce, members of the Hopkins family, and others also began to manufacture "patent accelerating heads" for hand spinning wheels in a wooden building on this site. These attachments provided rapid spindle rotation that was suited to spinning the wool of Merino sheep. By the 1860s, Spofford Village was producing over 60,000 patent heads each year for sale throughout the nation.

Located at road intersection near the town. Pierce Shops no longer exists, but the Pierce family still has business in the area.
Marker Name: Pierce Shops

Official Marker Number: #216

Marker Type: Official NH State

Marker Location: Chesterfield

Date Marker Established: 2009

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