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Coffren House, Store, 10007 Croom Road, Croom, Prince George's County, MD



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Item Title


Location
10007 Croom Road, Croom, MD

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MD-988-A
Building/structure dates: 1853 initial construction
Significance: The Coffren Store is a rare example of a well-preserved, mid 19th-century general merchandise store. Small local stores of this type -- one-room utilitarian structures including a Post Office -- once commonly dotted the rural landscape of the county. Most have long since disappeared, and the few others remaining have been altered. The Coffren Store is the only intact example in the county. The store was built for John W. Coffren, a prosperous merchant and tobacco planter whose dwelling house sits just south of the store.

Subjects
Commerce
Postal Service
General Stores


Related Names
Coffren, John W.
Rothrock, Gail, Field Team
Pearl, Susan G., Field Team
Boucher, Jack E., Photographer
Lavoie, Catherine C., Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF NORTHEAST (FRONT) AND SOUTHEAST SIDE
2. GENERAL VIEW OF NORTHEAST (FRONT) ELEVATION
3. NORTHEAST (FRONT) ELEVATION
4. NORTHEAST (FRONT) ELEVATION, WITH SCALE
5. SOUTHEAST SIDE AND SOUTHWEST REAR
6. GENERAL VIEW OF INTERIOR LOOKING SOUTHWEST FROM FRONT DOORWAY
7. VIEW OF INTERIOR, WEST REAR CORNER OF STORE (NOTE: SECTION OF COUNTER TO REAR, RIGHT SIDE HOUSES THE CASH DRAWER)
8. CASH DRAWER UNDER REAR COUNTER, NOTE BELL MECHANISM TO BACK OF DRAWER
9. CASH DRAWER WITH COIN DRAWER REMOVED TO REVEAL SECTIONS TO HOLD DOLLAR BILLS BENEATH
10. CASH DRAWER REMOVED AND TURNED ON SIDE TO SHOW WORKINGS OF BELL MECHANISM
11. VIEW OF INTERIOR, SOUTH REAR CORNER OF STORE INCLUDING REAR DOORWAY AND PARTIALLY ENCLOSED STAIRWAY TO SECOND FLOOR
12. INTERIOR VIEW, SOUTH REAR CORNER OF STORE SHOWING STAIRWAY
13. GENERAL INTERIOR VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST TO THE FRONT OF THE STORE
14. INTERIOR VIEW OF NORTHEAST FRONT ENTRYWAY (NOTE: AFTER HOURS MAIL SLOT TO RIGHT AND POST OFFICE TO LEFT)
15. INTERIOR VIEW OF POST OFFICE LOCATED IN NORTH CORNER OF STORE
16. REAR OF POST OFFICE SHOWING BOXES, WINDOW AND CLOSED CASH DRAWER
17. REAR OF POST OFFICE, CASH DRAWER OPEN
18. REAR OF POST OFFICE, CASH DRAWER OPEN AND MONEY DRAWER PULLED OUT
19. INTERIOR VIEW OF BEHIND THE NORTHWEST COUNTER, LOOKING NORTHEAST TOWARDS THE POST OFFICE, SHOWING THE BINS/DRAWERS
20. INTERIOR VIEW, SECOND FLOOR, LOOKING FROM NORTHEAST FRONT, FINISHED ROOM INTO SOUTHWEST REAR, UNFINISHED STORAGE AREA. STAIRWAY TO LEFT.


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