The next nearest sources of water supply were the town pump in the square and the one in the hotel yard.
Water for washing was often brought from the Middlesex Canal and from the distillery.
On the corner of South and Main streets was the Watts Turner place.
He was the grandfather of the Tufts family who occupied it in 1850. Two sisters, Miss Hannah and Miss Emily Tufts, their brothers, Benjamin, Turner, and Richard, and Benjamin's children comprised the family.
Richard Tufts' wheelwrightTurner, and Richard, and Benjamin's children comprised the family.
Richard Tufts' wheelwright shop was in the rear.
They afterward lived at the corner of Salem and Fulton streets.
Opposite the Gregg estate, on the east side of Main street, next to the river, was the blacksmith shop of Nathan W. Wait, which, strangely enough, was about the only building in the neighborhood which was not consumed on the memorable night of November 2, 1850. Mr. Wait succeeded his father, Nathan Wait, who started the business on the same spot in 1783.
The property remained in the family until taken by