A new ‘home’ for decorating ideas opens in Sutton’s Manchaug Village – Millbury-Sutton Chronicle – Bendi Service

This former Manchaug market, post office and Catholic church is now home to District V House, a home accessories store.

SUTTON – This old stone building still has rings on its outer walls for tying a horse’s reins.

Inside there are vaults from the time when part of the building served as a Catholic church.

The building at 356 Manchaug Road has served as a market, post office, society hall and Catholic church over the years.

Perched on a hill overlooking Manchaug Village and the Blackstone River, the building has served many purposes since its construction in the 18th century, from the aforementioned church to city offices and a general store.

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Today it serves as the new home for District V House, a home design retail store.

Born and raised in Worcester’s District 5, owner Janice Burke has spent most of her adult life as an interior designer. She decided to open a home accessories retail store to combine her love for design and “all things around the home”.

“I looked all over Worcester” to find a suitable location, Burke said. After some research, she found what she was looking for: lots of space, parking, “a really nice location”.

Jamie Burke, owner of District V House, decided to combine her interior design experience with wares from local vendors.

history of the place

According to the Sutton Historical Society, the Manchaug Company Store Building at 356 Manchaug Road was constructed circa 1868 by the BB&R Knight Company (the world’s largest private cotton manufacturer, as reported by The New York Times in the early 20th century).

A view of the center of Manchaug Village, with the shop on the right.

The building has at various times housed a general store and market, a village library, a post office, and also served as a meeting and polling station.

All of the coarse ashlar granite used in the construction of the Manchaug Building was quarried directly in the Manchaug area off Whitins and Putnam Hill roads.

The 300-seat community hall on the second floor hosted plays, musicals, dances, and other community gatherings.

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