Douglas, MA 01516
This old, historic building was erected around 1860 as an office for the once great and world-renowned Douglas Axe Manufacturing Company which flourished here for over a century from 1798 to 1912. The Elmwood Club had its beginnings around World War I, probably being named for the stately elms which then surrounded the building. The Club as maintained by the Hayward and Schuster mills for the men of the community, providing them with recreational facilities such as reading rooms, pool tables, card rooms and shower baths. Shortly after the Elmwood Club started, Mr. Walter E. Schuster, whose hobby was baseball, fielded teams during the 1920s which furnished thrilling encounters for the residents of the Blackstone Valley.