Richard Potter built his timber frame shop with his bare hands and antique tools in 1979 with the help of some friends. It was such a triumph, and he was so happy when this, his first timber frame, came together perfectly. For 30-plus years, this place was the central nervous system of the small business that sustained our family.
And all it took was a hot ember on a wood-shingled roof on a windy day to destroy all of that within a couple of hours. 28 volunteer firefighters have worked hard to save the building. Departments from surrounding hilltowns came to Plainfield's aid: Cummington, Goshen, Chesterfield, Savoy, Worthington.
Two generations of our family and many Hilltown people worked with Potter Homebuilders over the years. So many young builders were patiently mentored and learned their craft in this place.
Those walls might be ashes, but all that work and the spirit of this place will always live on. Please help us begin cleanup and the long road to rebuilding in whatever way you can.
The Hampshire Gazette covered the story here.
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