Commerce and Industries

Shaw’s Grist Mill, West Salisbury

Over the many decades the town of Salisbury has seen many commercial ventures.

The following is a nearly complete list of those enterprises we are aware of but any information or corrections are welcome:

Blacksmith Shops/Wheelwright shops:

Andrew Pettingill -likely Old Coach Road, South Road village

P.A. Fellows -near Bog Road rte 27

West Salisbury Black Smith Shop, possibly. Photo in Salisbury Lost, no other data found

George Calef’s Carriage repair, Blacksmith Shop, Clock repair ca 11883-1911 -Center Road Village, (Salisbury Heights)



Christopher Paige -South Road


Bull Rake Factory

T.D. Little  Bull Rake factory –Old Coach Road, South Road Village


Chair Back Factory

  Sawyers Sawmill  -on road adjacent to the Blackwater River


Fulling & Carding Mill:

Captain William Pingree -on the Blackwater


Cider Mill

Edward Renfew’s Cider Mill- on Old coach Road, South Road Village


Filling Station

Heath’s Filling Station ca. between 1905 and 1957 -Center Road Village, (Salisbury Heights)

Cunliff (likely a filling station as well as store)> Barton >Crossroads Store (currently)- Route 4 & 127 South Road Village


General Stores:

Thomas and Eliphalet Williams, later Samuel Bartlett  -Center Road Village, (Salisbury Heights)

Nathaniel Noyes Store – South Road Village

Eldbridge Greenough Store  -ca 1850  South Road Village

Cunliff> Barton> Crossroads Store (currently)- Route 4 & 127 South Road Village

Greenleaf Store  prior to 1794> Hills Store> Red Tea House  – South Road Village next to Congregational Church

Cyrus Gookin/Dunlap  Store and Post office- West Salisbury 1857-1920, currently a residence

Jonathan P. Webster’s store 1801-1858> Drew’s Store, Inn and Post Office- 1898-1916 -Center Road Village (Salisbury Heights)

Nan Dexheimer Antique Shop and Crafts, ca 1965-1975

Rene Beaudoin’s  out of home ca 1940’s mid 1960’s- South Road Village

Rene Beaudoin’s Vegetable Stand- mid 1960’s – South Road Village just south of new crossroads junction mid 1960’s



Cyrus Gookin Grist Mill  prior to 1834, to at least 1890 -on The Blackwater River, West Salisbury

Henry & Samuel Calef Mill -on Stirrup Iron Brook

David Kimaball & Moses Sawyer converted Emerson tannery into Grist Mill -on Stirrup Iron Brook

James Currier Mill -on the Blackwater River West Salisbury


Harness and Saddlery

Townsend’s Harness & Saddle Shop – right off the Crossroads on rt 4 NE, South Road Village



Caleb Morse

Thomas R. Greenleaf Hat Factory initially – right off the Crossroads on rt 4 NE, moved 1834,Old Coach Road, South Road village


Inns & Taverns & Meeting Halls:

Andrew Pettingill prior to 1767 South Road VIllage

Major Stephen Bohonon-  public Hall

Stephen Webster -2 story hotel  South Road Village

Abel Elkin 1794- Tavern Centre Village (Salisbury Heights)

Mrs Drew Hotel- was site of Jonathan P Webster store  (Salisbury Heights)

Masonic Hall- right off the Crossroads on rt 4 NE, South Road Village



Plumbago- up Buckhorn Road


Ore Harvesting Operation:

Tripoli polishing material- Wilders Pond bog


Potash factories:

Andrew Bowers, Wilder & Bowers, – South Road Village at crossroads

John White’s Potash until 1830 -South Road near Bog Road



 Charles Shaw–on Stirrup Iron Brook /Shaw Pond             

William Holmes– (previously Wilder & Bowers etc) on Stirrup Iron Brook

John Shaw Sawmill- West Salisbury on the Blackwater River

Shingle/sawmill  Silas Elkins, Reuben Greeley -Mill Brook

Stevens Sawmill-  On Mill Brook off Scribner’s Corner (Buckhorn Road)

Samuel Loverin Saw Mill  -Loverin Hill Road

Fellows Mill -0n Beaverdam Brook opposite near Fellow Cemetery

Elkins> Dunlap> Pingree Sawmill>  Prince’s Mill

Nathaniel Greeley -Tucker Pond stream

T.D. Little Steam Shingle Mill- after 1834 -Old Coach Road, South Road Village


Shoe Factory:

J.H. Clements Shoe Factory, previously John Whites Store, Allen’s Store, – right off the Crossroads on rte 4 NE,, South Road Village



John Calef -on Stirrup Iron Brook

 John Emerson -on Stirrup Iron Brook

Herschel Green Tannery  -Center Range Road, Loverin Hill Rd and Hensmith junction) 


Tin Shop:

Flanders Tin Shop – right off the Crossroads on rte 4 NE, South Road Village

Where was South Road Village? South Road Village

Powering the early mills> Power of Water,   Power of Hot Water 

Link to Map showing general locations of old mills and tanneries as well as old school houses

Oral history accounts of the old mills and tanneries>  Remembering the Old Mills, Oral Histories