was built of home-made bricks in the mid-1770’s by wealthy
merchant Dan Raymond, fourth largest taxpayer in town. He was
married to Anne Noble, whose grandfather Matthew Noble was Sheffield’s
first white settler. Dan Raymond’s original leanings were
Tory, like many other merchants at the time, but by 1776 he was
enrolled in the army and firmly on the Patriot side. Theodore
Sedgwick in 1779, however, described him as “the soul and
life of the [opposition] party…cunning as any man –
in the year 73 or 74, he was convicted of common banditry.”
This last possibly refers to the alleged cutting down of a recently
erected liberty tree in town. Despite that he held many important
positions in Sheffield over the years.
The Dan Raymond House is currently the home of the Sheffield Historical
Society offices and is part of a complex of historic buildings
which include a carriage house (c. 1870), a workshop/greenhouse
(1876), smoke house (1838), the Parker L. Hall Law Office (c.
1820), and the Mark Dewey Research Center. The Research Center
was built in about 1816 to house a hat shop for Mark Dewey and
his three young apprentices.
The Society also owns the Old Stone Store, which is the oldest
existing mercantile establishment in Sheffield. Sitting beside
the town’s 18th century meetinghouse and in front of the
19th century Town Hall, it occupies an important location in the
community both historically and geographically. Rescued by the
Society in 1999, it presently serves as the Society’s gift
shop and exhibition space.
The grounds are open year round during daylight hours. The Dan
Raymond House is open for tours when staff is on the property
and by appointment (call 413-229-2694 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Mark Dewey Research Center is open Monday and Friday afternoons
from 1:30 to 4:00 and by appointment (413-229-3682 or email@example.com).
The Old Stone Store exhibits and gift shop are open weekends May
The Sheffield Historical Society also presents regular programs
on the second Friday of each month, September through June, at
7:30 in Dewey Memorial Hall on the green in Sheffield. The Society
also hosts a Cemetery Spirit Walk in the fall and other events
and programs throughout the year. Check our website at www.sheffieldhistory.org
for more information and a calendar of upcoming events.