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Spring Hotel, Main Street in Watertown Square. However, when Town voted against serving intoxicants in 1880 and after the hotel was raided, the proprietor closed the hotel and built the "spite fence." The Spring Hotel played a major role in the life of Watertown. When the men drilled for the Civil War at Whiting Park, they would march to the Hotel for three square meals a day. Many behind the scenes meetings occurred there. After the Hotel closed Alice Potter Silsbee continued to live on the third floor and her brother Briggs Potter kept the livery stables on Spring Street. Hotelkeepers have been, in chronological order, Richardson, Robinson, Batchelder and Silsbee. Spire of First Parish can be seen in the background.
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