The 1867 Marshfield street listing shows over 90 men listed as shoemakers. that included cobblers .  Most records show these locations in the North & East Villages, however I found mention of a  cobblers shop in the area of the Marshfield Store.

A Shoemakers workshop.

A Cobblers/Shoemakers  shop at 63 Union St. operated by Calvin Joyce. c.1900

The Doane/ Stevens shop in Littletown, (changed to Sea View in 1883.)
The residence was moved from its location to the now 35 Station St. (once Summer St}  to allow the Railroad to build a Station at the now,  53 Station St.
A two story Ell was added to this Cape Cod residence  to accommodate shoemaking  machinery  in rooms on the lower floor. Small rooms on the second floor were provided for  the workers that did not commute.
A large kitchen & a dinning room fed the workers three meals a day.
The Railroad next door provided shipping to the Shoe Markets.
The peak of the two story ell can be seen on the right roof line.

Thomas Stevens made a small fortune as a shoemaker and built a stately home across the street at 207 Summer St. in 1901.

Down the street at 110 Summer St. , a large general store was built by George Weatherbee Sr. and run by his son George Jr. from 1849 to 1852, It later  became the Gardner/Arnold Shoe Shop.
It was outfitted with state of the art machinery, the first sewing machines in town. In 1879.

Agnes Josephine Bonney,  Former resident of 5 Station St.

101 Summer St. looking north. The red building was the Gardner / Arnold Shoe Shop.  It was sold to George Pecker, a summer resident, and operated as a shoe shop short time.

It closed up shop in 1882. It then was vacant for a long time. It became a woodworking shop making many different wood products, model boats, bird houses, & novelties. It was acquired by the Donovan family in 1905.

Gardner / Arnold Shoeshop, 101 Summer St, Sea View.
Painting by W. Ray Freden 2019.

After it’s  long vacancy,  the building was razed  in 1950-1,  the front doors still  remain  on a small private  workshop in Seaview.

Now on a home shop in Seaview.

Another Shop at 88 Highland St. Lincoln Damond & Charles Tilden along with Albert Bates employing 15 to 25 shoemakers.

The small shoe industries gradually gave way to the large shoe factories in Brockton, Abington, Whitman, & other cities around Massachusetts & New Hampshire.
My Dad, Bill, along with his family were shoe factory employees. From a young age Bill worked in a large factory in Campello. He suggested to his boss that if they removed a hand operated lever from his machine,  and made it foot operated he could produce more.

Weeks later a machinist did alter the machine, in a short time Bill was out producing his coworkers by two to three times.  He got a raise & promoted to another duty, this new duty put more pressure on Bill than he wished. He chose to  quit,  He never returned to shoe-making.

The last cobbler in Marshfield was located in the small shop behind the car. This was the block of buildings east of Marshfield Radio & Television owned by Russ Chandler, Ocean St.
I am sure there were more home industry shoemakers in Marshfield,

The 1884 Street listing shows these Custom Shoemakers.


” I have three soles, left, right and all of the above.”
“It seems , there are more heels around  than there are shoes.”
“Have you noticed that a lot of sneakers are  holding their tongues .”

The above quotes by W. Ray Freden .


W. Ray Freden, Seaview/Marshfield 70 years.



  1. Ray, I enjoyed this article. I remember having my dress shoes resoled by a little old cobbler in the little building sandwiched between two larger buildings on each side. It was across the street from where Dunkin Donuts is today. Do you remember his name? I also remember a cobbler’s shop set up inside the Cudworth Barn in Scituate next to the Cudworth House. I wonder if it is still intact. Keep up the good work!


    1. Fred, that next to last photo was across from Dunkin’s and I don’t remember his name, I think was called bt his first name, maybe a reader will come up with it.

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