||Edwin B. Worthen Collection
|Date of photo
||Drawing of Robbins House, 1850 (color)
"Now for a word about East Lexington. Years ago it was the industrial center of the town, far exceeding the center village in importance. The coming of the steam-railroad in 1846 brought about the change. Largely responsible for the activities in the village were the Robbins family and Ambrose Morell. Stephen Robbins, great-grandfather of Miss Ellen Stone, introduced fur working into the village about 1800. Most of the sewing was done in the homes for for awhile he used the old mill on Bow Street. He employed as many as 100 persons. Around 1800 Mr. Morell, Miss Dana's grandfather, came here from France and set tled in the village. He engaged in the fur dressing business too. Somewhat later Mr. Robbins turned his fur business over to his son Eli, who lived in the brick end house at the upper corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Follen Road. Stephen then went into the wood and peat business. These business activities account for the number of houses in the East Village dating from approximately 1840.
"The houses occupied by Mr. Morell was built about 1803. He remodeled it in 1839. I knew it as the Dana homestead. 627 Massachusetts Avenue. Front door was on the side. Miss Stone's house, next below the brick store, and the home of her great-grandfather (Stephen Robbins), was built in 1720. Here is how it looked in 1850. [Boy with oxen is Follen Lothrop]."
Dana Home, Massachusetts Avenue #627
Massachusetts Avenue #627, Parker-Morrell-Dana House
||Robbins House, 1850