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Sketch of Wilson Printing Office
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Not a great deal is known about Mary Hoyt Wilson (1809-1841), the young author of this sketch, but we do know that she drew it around 1820, several years after the building was built. She was the daughter of Col. John Wilson (1782-1869) and Mary Hoyt Wilson. John Wilson's printing office produced a number of items typical for a printer of his day, including reprints of popular works and broadsides. This office stood on Lot 17 in Deerfield, a lot owned by his father-in-law, Horatio Hoyt. Wilson, however, soon moved on to other things, as did the building: it was moved five times within Deerfield between 1820 and 1950 before returning to its original location where it stands today. When Henry Flynt restored the structure, one guide he used was this child's sketch.
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