||Edwin B. Worthen Collection
|Date of photo
"This is a view of the knoll above the Baptist Church, and shows how part of the road passed up over the hill. The old house on the right was the Henchman House - and this spot was earlier known as Henchman's Hill. The old house was built before the Revolution and one of our Minute-men, Jonathan Smith, lived there. The house was torn down many years ago and this picture must have been taken in 1884. The house on the left - the present Baptist parsonage - was built in 1848. Mr. Henchman was a retired sea-captain and bushied himself by keeping a tiny store. Asa Cottrell was an Attorney, I believe, and had his office on the premises.
In the early 1800s between the Henchman house and Vine Brook were the tan-yards - later beside the book was the Centre School House. That school house was later moved to Waltham Street no. almost directly across from the post office."
||Cottrell house, distant view