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13. History and The Hitchcock Chair Company

At the first intersection, take a left over the bridge passing the former Hitchcock Chair Company, closed in 2006. This landmark factory building is where Lambert Hitchcock began manufacturing chairs in 1826. By 1828, the elaborately stenciled chairs with wooden, cane or rush seats, and cabinets made in Hitchcocksville became famous throughout America.

Legend says that in the heyday of chair production, workers would drop the chairs out of upper story windows into the wagon below, and if the chair survived intact, it passed the quality control test! In later years as business declined the name of this village was changed from Hitchcocksville to Riverton. Today, the historic legacy of the Hitchcock Company along with the original manufactory, now used for storage, gives visitors a glimpse of what was once the centerpiece of this peaceful village.