Good morning friends, today we are happy to welcome you to 100 Main Street, the Rev Samuel S Ashley House
100 Main Street was the home of the Reverend Samuel S. Ashley from 1878 to 1887. Reverend Ashley served as minister of the Evangelical Congregational Church (today it is Trinity Church) from July 16, 1851 until October 1, 1864, when he joined the United States Christian Commission amidst the turmoil of the Civil War. During his years away from Northborough, he established an orphanage and school in North Carolina where he also served as a member of the Constitutional Convention. He was also the first Superintendent of Public Instruction under Reconstruction. In 1871, he took the helm of Straight University in New Orleans, an institution for black students organized by the American Missionary Association. He resettled in Northborough after his work in the South, and worked as the town's postmaster from 1883 to 1886. He died at the age of 68. The residence has served as home to many families over the years, including Alice Hinds LaPorte, who worked at the Chapin Woolen Mill on Hudson Street in the late 1890s.