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Did you know that the Page Hardware building used to be three separate buildings?

Collins Restaurant 

Built in 1857, this building has housed the post office, a general store, and then an ice cream parlor.  In the early 1900’s, it became a meat market and then a restaurant until it was purchased by Page Hardware in 1984.

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Page Hardware Building

Built in 1858 by Mr. James Monroe, this building housed Jasper Monroe & Sons, who ran a general store.  In 1875, Mr. Beverly Monroe, who became the first treasurer of the Guilford Savings Bank, had a safe in the back of the store, which constituted the “bank”  until 1880 when the bank was moved.  At this time, Mr. Monroe changed his general store into a food market.

In 1896 Mr. E.H. Butler purchased the building and moved his hardware business into the store.  Mr. Butler ran the hardware store until 1939 when Mr. Harry L. Page Jr. purchased the building and business.  The story goes that Mr. Butler was complaining to Mr. Page about the woes of running a hardware store.  When Mr. Page retorted that it couldn’t be that hard, Mr. Butler told him to buy the business and try it.  Since then, the store has been owned and operated by the Page family.

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Guilford Trust Building

Built in 1912, the Guilford Trust Co. and the Guilford Savings Bank shared the same building until 1951.  In 1963, the Guilford Trust Co. merged with the Second New Haven Bank and enlarged the building to its present size.  In 1973 Page Hardware purchased the building from the Second New Haven Bank.

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In 1939, Page Hardware and Appliance Co. began and is now in its third generation of Page family ownership.  Three of Harry L. Page Jr.’s sons ran the business at different times, Stanley, Logan, and Stephen.  His wife, Hazel, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends of the family worked in the store over the decades.  Logan’s son, Andrew, took over as president in the mid-2000’s.

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