This picture at the top of the page is titled Four Early Shops.  It's quite unlikely that
    any of these 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

      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

    The item below describes the Draper businesses in 1869. Thanks to Peter Metzke
    of Melbourne, Australia for sending it.

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