Amos Morse house

FOXBORO — The Amos Morse house has been declared historically significant by the town historic commission and a moratorium on demolition of the 215-year-old building is under consideration.

Commission Chairman Mark Ferencik said the board has until Feb. 23 to hold a hearing on the matter.

Then, it could vote to impose a six-month delay on plans by the Kraft Group to tear it down.

He said part of what makes the home historically significant is its connection to the straw hat industry that flourished in the time it was built.

For a time, part of the building was rented to a straw hat store.

Also, Edmund Caroll leased part of the home for a period and his daughter Harriet was required to braid straw all day until her braid reached out the front window to the stone front step.

Only then was she allowed to play, Fernecik said, quoting an old story by Jack Authelet, a local historian.

Commission members have said a delay could give the Krafts time to work out a sale of the building and have said residents have expressed an interest in buying it to save it from the wrecking ball.

The Kraft Group has said it has no plans yet for the property, but considers the house a safety problem that should be razed.

Jim Hand may be reached at 508-236-0399 or jhand@thesunchronicle.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @TSCpolitics.

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