The limestone Bjoraker Building was built before 1870. It most likely replaced another first-generation wooden commercial building built before the Civil War. Unfortunately, not much is known about the building’s early history. A.J. Bjoraker…

The first building located on the southeast corner of Division and Fifth Streets, a site now occupied by J. Grundy’s Rueb 'N' Stein, was the Jenkins House and Tavern. Herman Jenkins built the hotel in 1856 out of wood. It burned in 1867 and was…

Ephraim Lockwood moved to Northfield in 1856, shortly after its founding, and became a successful merchant. In 1872, he built a new store and Opera House. It was one of the early brick buildings on Division Street. It replaced a dilapidated…

Town founder John North sold his flour and saw mills to Charles Wheaton, and in 1865, Wheaton sold the flour mill at the edge of Bridge Square to Captain Jesse Ames, a newcomer to Northfield. Ames was a ship captain from Maine and Cape Cod who had…

Education was an important part of the vision John Wesley North had for the city he founded in 1855. In fact, the Lyceum—the oldest building in town—originally served as a reading room, circulation library, and debating society. It was devoted to…