says the old house on this property was built about 1829 by A.H. Bennett
as his "business locality", which would have been his print shop;
it was two long low buildings that E.G. Hopkins acquired in 1844 when he
added this lot to the one he already owned adjacent on the north.
Elisha G. Hopkins owned
the site of #214 next door and resided there since 1828. He converted the
Bennett shop into a dwelling and kept his cabinet-making shop on the old
lot. His sons later expanded the business into a variety of wood-working
pursuits. They had a steam planing mill on the site, a saw mill and grape-box
factory, a fancy turning and sawing establishment and a coffin shop.
In 1899 the old house
was removed from this lot and a modern residence built for Edward G. Hopkins,
one of Elisha's sons. The new house is one of several built about this time
on Main Street, with Queen Anne massing and other Victorian features like
towers (this one is square with a tetrahedral top) and porches; but strongly
influenced by the new Classic Revival styles of the early 20th century:
evidenced here by the Doric columns on the porch and the lack of applied
and surface ornamentation.