Diamond Hill General Store building goes back to 1895

Diamond Hill General Store building goes back to 1895

An old picture of the former G. Whipple Store building, also known as the G. Whipple Block, on Diamond Hill Road.

CUMBERLAND – Though the building previously containing the former Diamond Hill General Store at 3782 Diamond Hill Road is listed in the town’s real estate database as being built in 1930, it was actually built in 1895 and was known as the G. Whipple Commercial Block, according to histories of the building.

A story on the lack of plans for the building previously containing a Li’l General generated plenty of conversation last week, with many saying it should be restored. Owners have said they don’t currently plan to restore or sell it.

According to the book “Historical and Architectural Resources of Cumberland,” the Whipple family had numerous business interests in the area. The G. Whipple Store was the only country store in the area at the time.

That book calls the “excellently preserved” general store a “commercial building gem,” with two original storefronts under a bracketed cornice.

According to neighbors, the upper floors of the building are still used as a residence.