This early 20th century view from the former Village Hardware at the corner of Main and Church streets shows the block between Bridge and Bank streets ravaged by the Great Fire of 1902. It had been rebuilt several years later, looking much as it does today. What was referred to as the “park,” and is now known as the Village Green, was already graced at the time by the bandstand and lined by sidewalks as they are designed more than a century later. It would still be a few more years until travel was to be handled customarily by automobile, however, so parking along the plaza between the east and west sides of Main Street was arranged to accommodate horse and carriage. If you have a “Way Back When” photograph to share, contact Deborah Rose at or 860-355-7324.