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Sturbridge in Worcester County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Commerce on the Common

 
 
Commerce on the Common Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2018
1. Commerce on the Common Marker
Inscription.

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.

 
Erected by the Town of Sturbridge.
 
Location. 42° 6.435′ N, 72° 4.749′ W. Marker is in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, in Worcester County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Massachusetts Route 131) and Publick House Road, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 277 Main Street, Sturbridge MA 01566, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sturbridge Common (within shouting distance of this marker); "Witness Tree"
Commerce on the Common Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2018
2. Commerce on the Common Marker
The Publick House is in the background
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Old Burial Ground (about 400 feet away); Civil War Soldier's Monument (about 500 feet away); The Center School (about 500 feet away); War Memorial (about 500 feet away); Lt. Charles J. Collins USAAC (about 500 feet away); Revere Bell (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sturbridge.
 
Also see . . .  An historical sketch of Sturbridge, Mass., from its settlement to the present time (Clark, 1838). (Submitted on June 15, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
The Publick House image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2018
3. The Publick House
The Publick House Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2018
4. The Publick House Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 15, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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