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Established by Francis S. Bryant shortly after their father, Amos, bought the property from the widow of Stephen Beard in 1805. Little remains of the vats and other hallmarks of a tannery today. There is substantial retaining wall and corner that was probably the foundation of one of the tannery buildings. Wooden pipes used to bring water in from the brook to support the tanning operations were discovered at the base of these walls. They are referenced in a deed in which Amos Bryant sold his son, Francis, the tannery and the farmhouse behind it (E-3-13):

“Containing by estimate 1 –1/2 acres with the privilege of the water that now runs through said land by its running in logs under ground from the head of the brook that now runs through said land and the privilege of the lane to the farm house from the road.” Cheshire County Registry of Deeds Book 69, page 259 dated April 14, 1812

In 1832 two of Francis and Betsey’s children died of dysentery and they suffered the tragic loss of their two-year old son who fell into a vat and drowned.  Francis Bryant may have operated the tannery a bit longer, but he sold it in  September 1833 and moved west.  The property was purchased by Thomas Baker and, then by George Tolman. Those men may have carried on the business, but it is more likely that the operations ceased with the sale.