Martin Waddell Residence
Martin Waddell Residence
Waddell and his family arrived at New Salem and built their residence in 1832. Waddell was a hatter who made rabbit fur hats for 50 cents, coonskin hats for $2, and wool felt hats. The kettle in front of this residence was used by Martin Waddell to make felt. Waddell had a wife, a son and several daughters to support. Considering the number of children he had, one room might have served as both a shop and bedroom. The Waddell family left New Salem by 1838.
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