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Stone Cottage (Willard Felt Blacksmith Shop)

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Willard Felt Blacksmith Shop
Pre-1800. 416 Adams St.
  • Stone Cottage (Willard Felt Blacksmith Shop) (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

This quaint Stone Cottage, a long, low house with a central chimney, triple-gable roof, and bracketed overhanging porch once served as the smithery and wheelwright shop that produced the cars for the first commercial railway in the United States. In 1826 architect Solomon Willard, owner of the Bunker Hill Quarry (see QU15) commissioned Gridley J. F. Bryant to devise an incline railway for moving heavy granite blocks from West Quincy's Blue Hills to a wharf three miles away on the Neponset River. Willard Felt built the cars here that traveled on the iron-covered wooden rails laid across granite sleepers. Felt's shop was converted into a residence shortly after 1832, when he sold it and disappeared from railroad history.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Stone Cottage (Willard Felt Blacksmith Shop)", [Milton, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 543-543.

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