The homes on this list are noted as Local Historic Resources in the Historic and Cultural Resources section of the Master Plan for the Town of Swansea. Where available, links are provided to Swansea Historical Society surveys, the National Historic Register site information sheets and/or survey forms found on the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS) website.
"Luther's Corner Historic District includes the four buildings located on each of the corners of Old Warren Road, Maple Avenue and Pearse Road. This district became the commercial center of the town during the mid to late 19th century because of the 'Great Road' (OldWarren Road), which was the main route through the central section of the town, and travelled first by the colonists, and then by the stage and later by the Providence, R.I. and Old Fall River Station railroad. The four contributing structures which make up the Luther's Corner District were all built during the 19th century. It is because this center grew together in a cohesive manner, that the architectural features and details are similar. "
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: "The Luther's Corner District was the commercial center of the Town of Swansea, MA. during the 19th century. This particular area formed because of - the need of a transportation center during that time. During the early 19th century, when travel was still primarily by horse and stage, the need for rest stops (stage stops), along a well-marked route offering "convienences" was necessary, as well as found to be profitable to those living near to the area. At the junction of Old Warren Road, Maple Avenue and Pearse Roads, which formed a "turnstile" in the roads, i twas logical to make this the stopping place for the stages from Providence, R.I. and Fall River, MA, (east-west), as well as to North Swansea and the Cole River, Mt. Hope Bay (north-south) routes. Because of this, Luther's Corner became the commercial center of the town as well as much of the activity i n Swansea Center, occurring i n the vicinity of Luther's Corner."<!- District map(s) -->
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More detailed information on The Luther's Corner Historic District can be found on the National Archives website:
View the 1982 Massachusetts Historical Commission Reconnaissance Survey Town Report:
All Luther's Corner Historic District houses shown below are listed on the National Archives website: