History of Our Property

A little history on the building…

It was a  20,000 square foot, 3 story addition in 1904 to the existing 1870 George Delker Carriage Manufacturing Company.  At the time, Delker was the largest carriage manufacturer east of the Mississippi.  According to an old article I found, Delker wanted to show ol’ Henry Ford a thing or two by ramping up his carriage manufacturing because he thought the automobile was a fad.  Construction of the addition began in 1904, but by 1906 he sold it and the existing building to the Norris family and it became Norris Hardware.  It was Norris Hardware for many years and in the 1980’s it sold to the O’Daniels family and became Homefolk’s Hardware.  We bought it at auction in 2012 when Homefolk’s went out of business.

Since September of 2012, the first and second floors have been dedicated to our retail business, The Elm – Consignments & More. The first floor is packed full of antiques, furniture, vintage goodies, vinyl LPs, musical instruments, vintage toys, etc. Our second floor has more of the same, but it also houses our workshop, where we do furniture repairs, refinishing, and custom builds. The third floor has been vacant since we purchased the property, but it has often been used by local photographers, due to the original hardwood floors and exposed brick walls. It’s rumored to have housed tractors (!) at one point a few decades back.

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