New Boston Historical Society
New Boston, New Hampshire
A. P. Smith's garage in the 1920s still had the ramp from McLane's Blacksmith & Carriage Shop
The Old Blacksmith Shop
4th of July parade in 1990s — photo by Carol Hulick
Garden center in 2021: the former site of the Old Blacksmith Shop
McLane's Blacksmith & Carriage Shop was built after the Fire of 1887.
Carriages were pushed up the ramp to the paint shop.
David Woodbury paid McLane 60 cents to shoe his horse in 1893
Old photographs of McLane's building show a ramp that enabled workmen to push the new carriages up to a paint shop on the second floor. There also was a harness shop upstairs; made there were the buckles and leather straps which attached your horse to your carriage.
After 1910, horseless carriages (or "automobiles") became more common in the streets of New Boston. The last blacksmith to work in this building was a man named Fogg, who shared space with the garage of A.P. Smith, a car mechanic who sold gasoline from a hand-cranked pump. (See photo at the top of this page.)
Sonata Fabrics — manufacturer of The Cathedral Tie
When Wells gave up the necktie business, Roger Babson bought the building to store records for his Gravity Research Foundation. Disappointed when the Foundation couldn't find a cure for gravity, Babson sold the Old Blacksmith Shop to Roland Sallada, whom you'll remember from the necktie factory. Sallada manufactured greeting cards here; Dick Moody remembers seeing the old printing machine in the cellar, all covered with greeting card glitter.
In the late 1960s, the building was bought by Richard Moore and his partners in Plastic Techniques (PTI), which manufactured specialty plastic parts using rotational molds. After PTI moved from New Boston to Goffstown, the factory became an auto parts store — first Frank Crawford's, then NAPA. When NAPA relocated to a new store on the Weare Road, the old building in the center of town was taken down.
Factory Café concept by architects Ingram/Wallace of Manchester NH