A cluster of stores, churches, and industrial structures, dating mostly to the last half of the nineteenth century, form the core of the commercial part of town located near the so-called Triangle where Main and College streets meet. The Carpenter Store (1888, now Wash House; 250 Main) is one of the least-altered commercial buildings, with a three-bay, gable-end facade featuring plate-glass windows flanking the central entrance. Several houses give a decidedly antebellum character to Main Street. The brick Greek Revival houses (1850s) at 214, 218, and 222 Main illustrate popular mid-nineteenth-century local features such as double-pile center-passage plans, stepped parapets with chimneys, and corbeled brick cornices. A pair of two-story houses (1880s; 160 and 170 Main) with irregular rooflines, shingled gables, and projecting one-story porches suggest the exuberant Victorian spirit that characterizes many of the Valley's turnpike towns.
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