Rabbittown Press occupies a building that is now 100 years old. In that time it has evolved.

The building began as a small carriage barn-stable at about the time such things were disappearing with the advent of the automobile. The original studs, now behind boards, are well chewed in what must have been the stable area, and there was a small window for cleaning out the old bedding and manure.

From the beginning, there was a second floor–an upstairs with an end door for loading in straw of hay or both. Inside access to this upstairs was by way of a hole midway along the back wall (about three feet square) with boards nailed across the studs to form a ladder to lead up to it.

With its plank floor laid across rough stringers supported on piles of flat rocks, the building soon found a new use, serving as a double garage. As time went by and cars became longer, the front of the building had to be extended by about two feet. The upstairs became a place to store possibly useful odds and ends of wood, metal, rope, pulleys, and other assorted objects–none of which every provide much use.

“A Brief History” is an excerpt taken from a piece of Rabbittown Press ephemera, available for purchase from our shop.