Stonehill is probably the only school in the world whose senior class adopts a shovel. That’s the opening of a seven-part audio series on the Ames Shovel Shop that aired on WATD 95.9 FM Radio in August. Featuring College Archivist Nicole Casper ’95, each installment covered the history behind the Ames Shovel Company and the Ames Family and their connections to Stonehill.
The Ames Shovel Shops, also known as just Ames Shovel Shop, is a historic 19th century industrial complex located in North Easton, Massachusetts. It is part of the North Easton Historic District, and consists of several granite buildings constructed between 1852 and 1885, along with several newer additions and outbuildings dating to about 1928.
In April 2009, the shops were named one of the 11 most endangered historic sites in the United States, by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, due to the pending proposal to redevelop the main portion of the site into residences.
To listen to the seven-part series, visit here.