“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Northampton in Hampshire County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)

Shop Row

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Photographed By Michael Herrick, March 30, 2022
1. Shop Row Marker
Until the mid-eighteenth century, Northampton was primarily a market town, with few commercial establishments. The first shop to open on "Merchants' Row," directly across lain Street, was an apothecary established in1769 by Levi Shepherd. Benjamin Tappan soon followed with his goldsmith establishment, which he shared with Nathaniel Fowle, a tailor. His son, Lewis Tappan, went on to become one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society and the founder of the Dun and Bradstreet Company in New York.

After the Revolution, merchants and artisans from outside the region were drawn by Northampton's growth as a commercial center. Silversmith Nathan Storrs and clockmaker Isaac Gere were joined by a host of furniture and cabinet-makers such as Ansel Goodrich and David Judd. Replacing local craft traditions, the tastes of New York, Philadelphia and Boston now set the standard.

By 1800, Northampton, like the rest of the young Republic, was no longer isolated but was increasingly linked to a growing network of commerce and communication. Enterprising shop owners and merchants, who had accumulated capital in trade, now began
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Photographed By Michael Herrick, March 30, 2022
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to invest in local manufactures, canals, and turnpikes. In the 1860s, the Civil War transformed the home front. Northampton mills and factories provided a steady stream of supplies to fuel the Union Army. After the war, expansion continued until the end of the century. Northampton produced consumer goods for a national mass market made possible by the expansion of America's railronds. Silk, bicycles, cutlery, tools, stoves, sewing machines and toothbrushes all bore Northampton trademarks Retail shops and services multiplied. The Victorian architectural character that defines Northampton today took shape during this period.

Historic Northampton Museum & Education Center
46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060

( photo captions )
—   Shop Row or Merchants' Row as seen from the Warner House, c. 1839
—   Shop Row about the time of the Civil War.
—   By the 1880, Northampton had become a regional emporium.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1800.
Location. 42° 19.143′ N, 72° 37.851′ W. Marker is in Northampton, Massachusetts, in Hampshire County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Massachusetts Route 9) and Gothic Street, on the right when traveling south on Main Street
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 129 Main Street, Northampton MA 01060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Bank (here, next to this marker); Jonathan Edwards (here, next to this marker); The First Church (here, next to this marker); Third Meeting House Step (a few steps from this marker); Shays' Rebellion (within shouting distance of this marker); Hampshire County (within shouting distance of this marker); Nonotuck (within shouting distance of this marker); Daley & Halligan (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Northampton.
Also see . . .  Historic Northampton Museum & Education Center. (Submitted on April 4, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 4, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 4, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 4, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.

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Mar. 28, 2023