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Samuel Hobbs was born in 1750 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts and was apprenticed to be a tanner at an early age. He was only 23-years-old when he became part of the American Revolution and a participant in the Boston Tea Party. Hobbs worked at a tannery near the intersection of Hall Road and East Main Street [although the building still stands, no sign of the business is immediately visible today]. He later took over the business and operated it until his death; generations of his family continued the business until the late 1800s. The property his house was built on includes a wood-framed house built by Samuel Hobbs with an attached carriage shed and barn. The house Hobbs built a few years after the Boston Tea Party still stands today and is privately owned.