Joseph Morrill House

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Joseph Morrill House

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Joseph Morrill (1796-1871) built two Morrill blocks on Central Avenue. The first Morrill Block was built in 1844 at the corner of Second Street and Central Avenue. Tenants included the Spofford- Allis Clothing Company, Dover’s first chain store, Lothrop and Pinkham’s Pharmacy and a hall used by Pythians, Oddfellows, Redmen, and various Dover bands.  It was a commercial success so he built a much larger block adjacent to the first in 1870. 

The new Morrill Block, located at 468-484 Central Avenue was a four story wooden building. A fire January 3, 1932 razed the building and wiped out 26 businesses

 

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