A business and architectural anchor of the village of New Milford during the latter years of the 19th century was the New England House Hotel, located at the southeast corner of Main and Bank streets. Above, a photograph likely from the 1880s depicts a quiet day in town as patrons of the hotel and perhaps some local residents capitalize on their ideal vantage point to check out what's going on in the village. The hotel and all the wooden buildings around it were destroyed during the Great Fire of May, 1902. If you have a “Way Back When” photograph to share, contact Deborah Rose at drose@newstimes.com or 860-355-7324.