Week 16- Devin Eldridge

Posted: July 17, 2011 in Devin Eldridge, Week 16

In the town of Ossipee, New Hampshire (incorporated 1785) located next to the Rail Road line in the village of Center Ossipee this two and one half story wood frame building of approximately 4832 square feet has attached a grain elevator standing some 60 feet high.

Joseph W. Chamberlain an active Center Ossipee business man had the grain elevator constructed in or about 1912. The timbers said to have been cut and sawed locally by one “Boss” Wiggin. It has been difficult to date the actual construction of the grain elevator the title for the land with the buildings on it is on record at the Carroll County Registry of Deeds dating back to 1875. It appears the Chamberlain Block could have been constructed as two separate buildings and later attached in the early 1900s. The grain elevator still bears the name Carroll County Land and Lumber Co. and Purina Chow. The Chamberlain building facing the south exposure borders the Boston and Main Rail Road and is located at the junction of Main Street, Center Ossipee, Moultonville Road and Dore Street. This business location is within walking distance of the Central School, Ossipee Town Hall, post office, town library and other businesses. The first floor of the building has served over the hundred years as local business locations, the second floor has been used as a meeting hall, court room, the towns first motion picture theater and as a dance hall, in later years as apartments. Although remodeled many times over the years the original structure can still be identified from old photographs. The grain elevator has served no other purpose and some of the original machinery remains on the site to this date.

The Grain Elevator
A short history

The grain elevator said to have been constructed in or about 1912 is an unusual structure for a rural New Hampshire community. The Chamberlain built grain elevator received grain from the train cars on the side track. This grain was stored in the bins until sold from the grain store owned and operated by Mr. Chamberlain. Some of the original machinery remains on site along with the large bins that held thousands of bushels of grain. The timbers used in construction of this structure remain intact and sound to this day. chamberlainblock.com/Chamberlain Block Grain Elevator.html

I snapped  this photo  at a parade on the 4th of July


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