Howland Stone Store Museum & Sherwood Equal Rights Historic District
The Howland Stone Store Museum was built in 1837 by entrepreneur, abolitionist, and suffragist Slocum Howland. Its cobblestone construction was popular in New York at the time and is an excellent example of this style. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 for both its architecture and association with the abolitionist and suffragist movements. Howland, his daughter, and niece were very active in these movements. The museum features artifacts related to the sale of local products and the importation and exportation of goods, items, and memorabilia related to the abolitionist and suffragist movements, and numerous artifacts the family collected on their travels abroad. A highlight of the collection is an Underground Railroad pass brought by two escaping slaves who sought refuge with Howland. The town itself was recently placed on the National Register (as the Sherwood Equal Rights Historic District) because of its strong support for the abolition and suffrage.
The Howland Stone Store Museum is listed the National Register of Historic Places for both its architecture and association with the abolitionist and suffragist movements.
Backstory and Context
Sherwood, New York, was settled in the late eighteenth century and was shaped, in no small degree, by the many Quakers who made Sherwood a home. One of the early pioneers in the area was Benjamin Howland, and it was his son, Howland, who built the stone store in 1837 to serve local commerce.
Homepage. Howland Stone Store Museum. Accessed September 29, 2015. http://www.howlandstonestore.org/#history.
Todd, Nancy L. "Howland Cobblestone Store." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. February 29, 2008. https://s3.amazonaws.com/NARAprodstorage/lz/electronic-records/rg-079/NPS_NY/08000096.pdf.
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