Elwood Adams Store

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Elwood Adams Store
Elmwood Adams Building.jpg
Elwood Adams Store is located in Massachusetts
Elwood Adams Store
Elwood Adams Store is located in the US
Elwood Adams Store
Location 156 Main St., Worcester, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°16′6.6″N 71°48′2.5″W / 42.268500°N 71.800694°W / 42.268500; -71.800694Coordinates: 42°16′6.6″N 71°48′2.5″W / 42.268500°N 71.800694°W / 42.268500; -71.800694
Built 1831
Architectural style Commercial Vernacular
MPS Worcester MRA
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP March 05, 1980

The Elwood Adams Store is an historic store at 156 Main Street in Worcester, Massachusetts. The store claims to be the oldest operating hardware store in the United States, having begun business in 1782.[2][3]

The building that the store resides in was built in 1831 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It is the oldest continuously used commercial block in Worcester. In 1865, the building was increased in height to four stories from its original two and-a-half stories.[4] It is adjacent to the Armsby Block Building.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Elwood Adams Hardware History
  3. ^ New York Times, In Ridgefield, Farewell to a Family Business, May 31, 1998
  4. ^ Preservation Worcester