207 Main Street, New London NH


Current Use

  • Ellie's Cafe
  • Bank's Gallery
  • Vessels & Jewels

Formerly

  • 2012 - Ellie's Cafe sold to new owners
  • 2000 - Baynhams, Jack's Coffee, and Ellen's Interiors
  • 1998 - Ellen's Interiors moves here (Ellen Winkler)
  • 1982 - 1997 - Baynham's Mercantile
  • 1956 - 1991 - New London Hardware (Art Dorley); also apartments
  • c. 1948- 1956 - Home of Forrest Loverin (1908-c. 1979) and Gladys (Pressey) Loverin (1902-c. 1989)
  • 1945 - c. 1948 - Home of Eliot Goodwin Clemons (1905-1994) and Helen (Pressey) Clemons (1906-1974); had "Bachelor Barracks"
  • 1936 - 1945 - Home of Elroy Mitchell (1878-1938) and Lillian P. (Hill) Mitchell (1887-19??); Mrs. Mitchell took in boarders after her husband's death in 1938.
  • c. 1917 - 1936 - Home of Ai Worthen (1851-1934) and Sarah A. (Trumbell) (Sargent) Keenan (1866-19??)
  • By 1873 - 1917 - Home of Capt. Charles Woodward (1837-1917) and Mary Jane (Morgan) Woodward (1841-1920); the couple took in summer boarders, and Charles had a carpenter shop on the property.
  • Before 1853 - c. 1871 - Home of Isaac C. Pattee (1815-18??) and Martha (Messer) Pattee (1819-1871); Isaac had a shoemaker's shop in the second story
  • c. 1836 - Home of Capt. Jonathan Everett, Jr. (1789-1856) and Apphia (Burpee) Everett (1795-1869); Jonathan was a saddler and harness-maker

Building History


Sometime before 1836, owned by Jonathan Everett, Jr. (son of Jonathan Everett at 89 Main Street). The couple originally lived in the Nancy Brown House next to the Colby Homestead, then built the Micajah Morgan House (Tracy Library) in 1823 which they sold in 1834, then lived in the John Pingree house for 2 years, and then "removed to the Charles Woodward place, which then included the farm on the opposite side of the road."[1] Jonathan was a saddler and harness-maker, and he and Apphia had 7 children. Jonathan then built the George Bickford house across the street (at 224 Main Street).

Before 1853, the house was purchased by Isaac C. Pattee (1815- ) and Martha (Messer) Pattee (1819-1871). They had come to New London in 1845, first living in the Charlton Woodbury house (1 Main Street) and then coming to this house. Isaac had a shoemaker's shop in the second story. Martha's mother, Martha Messer, was living with the Pattees when she died in 1853, After the younger Martha's own death in 1871, Isaac moved to Salem.[2]

By 1873, Capt. Charles Woodward (1837-1917) and his wife, Mary Jane (Morgan) Woodward (1841-1920) were living in this house. (They married in 1869.) Charles was the son of Gage and Betsey Woodward (see 195 Main Street), and Mary Jane was the daughter of James and Salana Morgan (see 89 Main Street). Charles was a Civil War veteran who became a carpenter/house-builder and helped to construct the Odd Fellows building. He had a carpenter shop in a separate building on the south side of the property. The Woodwards took in a small number of summer boarders beginning in 1888. "Mr. Charles Woodward has greatly improved and beautified his cottage by the addition of bay windows in front, with connecting piazza over the front door. The effect is fine."[3]

After Capt. Woodward's death in 1917, the house was sold to Ai Worthen (1851-1934) and his second wife, Sarah (Trumbell) (Sargent) Keenan Worthen (1866- ?).

In 1936, two years after Ai Worthen's death, Sarah Worthen sold the house to Elroy Mitchell (1878-1938) and his wife Lillian P. (Hill) Mitchell (1887-19??). After Roy's death, Mrs. Mitchell took in boarders.[4] In December of 1945, Mrs. Mitchell sold the house to Eliot Goodwin Clemons (1905-1994) and his wife, Helen V. (Pressey) Clemons (1906-1974). The Clemons established the "Bachelor Barracks," — a bunk room for skiers after the Mt. Sunapee Ski Area began. The Clemons sold the house to Helen (Pressey) Clemon's sister and her husband, Gladys and Forrest Loverin after they left the Edgewater Inn, c. 1948. The Loverins remained here until 1956.

In 1956 Arthur Dorley (1921-2011) moved the New London Hardware Store here from the First National building (at 259 Main Street). A newspaper report in October of that year notes that Dorley had "moved his equipment to his newly purchased apartment house, formerly owned by the Forrest Loverins. A new office has been built at the side of the building. Apartments are rented to the Sumner Woodwards and Jack Burns. An office in the front of the building is rented of optometrist Ralph Benson."[5] He operated the hardware business until 1991.

In the summer of 1992 Tom Vaughn and John Howe opened Baynham's Country Store and Cafe. They made extensive alterations to the building, replacing the two peaked dormers in the second floor with a single one, adding a fireplace to the front room, adding bathrooms, and creating more open spaces in the structure. They continued in operation until October of 1997.


Photos & Images


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Ellie's




  1. ^ Lord, p. 241
  2. ^ Lord, p. 371
  3. ^ Summer Rest, August 1894, p. 14
  4. ^ Squires, p. 434
  5. ^ Celena Todd Scrapbook #8, p. 5