icon for Home page
icon for Kid's Home page
icon for Digital Collection
icon for Activities
icon for Turns Exhibit
icon for In the Classroom
icon for Chronologies
icon for My Collection

Online Collection

Detail 1
(c) Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield MA. All rights reserved.
Contact us for information about using this image.

Detail 2
Detail 2

label levels:

James Kellogg, a member of one of Amherst, Massachusetts', leading families, became a merchant on the east side of town in 1814. In 1835, he purchased a shop in South Amherst from Eli Dickinson, where he began the manufacture of planes; woodworking tools used to either smooth or shape a board. His firm made both bench planes (used to smooth) and molders' planes (used to create moldings, or boards with curved surfaces). Kellogg's company was one of hundreds of small-town manufacturers in western Massachusetts in the period. Kellogg's company thived and expanded. The firm expanded to two buildings, one wood, the other brick, and eventually employed twenty men. Together with their families, they lived in a neighborhood known as "Kelloggville." James Kellogg retired in 1867, living in his substantial home on Pleasant St.; near the site of the present downtown Post Office and Kellogg St. His son William continued the business, which produced, on average, 150 to 200 planes a day. The company suffered a fatal blow in 1866 when a dam on the pond where it was located was swept away. Without its main source of water-power, the company closed down.


top of page


creator   D. Kellogg
location   Amherst, Massachusetts
height   3.0"
length   27.87"
width   3.25"
process/materials   wood, metal
item type   Tools/Woodworking Tools & Equipment
accession #   #1985.0024.096

Look Closer icon My Collection icon Detailed info icon

ecard icon Send an e-Postcard of this object

See Also...



button for Side by Side Viewingbutton for Glossarybutton for Printing Helpbutton for How to Read Old Documents


Home | Online Collection | Things To Do | Turns Exhibit | Classroom | Chronologies | My Collection
About This Site | Site Index | Site Search | Feedback