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T. Bagge Community Store in Salem

T. Bagge Community Store in Salem

This image of the T. Bagge Community Store on the northwest corner of Main and West streets in Salem captures the building before 1910 during its conversion into a parsonage. Built in 1775, the community store was the first structure in Salem to be built entirely of masonry. The store offered nearly all the necessities–and rare luxuries–that could not be grown, manufactured, or improvised in Salem itself. The building served as a store and residence until 1907. It was restored in 1954 to its 1775 appearance.

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