A Tradition of Innovation
Ira Parker purchased the site of the former Littleton Woolen Manufacturing Company and converted the building to house his expanding business – the manufacture of deerskin gloves. Parker acquired the rights to use an improved process of tanning in the late 1860s, thereby creating a product with much improved pliability, durability, and strength. These qualities ultimately made Saranac Gloves nationally and internationally known. Actress Bette Davis was presented with a pair of Saranac driving gloves during one of her many visits to the Littleton area.
On February 1st, 1995 we leased space at the Tannery property for ADMAC Salvage, our architectural salvage business. At that time, we had yet to discover the opportunities our historic riverside location would offer. By January 2001 when we purchased the Tannery property, we had already saved the neglected warehouse and learned to appreciate its potential. In fall of 2012, we closed ADMAC and hosted a Plan NH Design Charette to help envision the future of the River District.
The Tannery Marketplace continues to be a resilient community that celebrates local economy through preservation and appreciation for the hardworking heritage and new found reverence for the Ammonoosuc River. Today, the Tannery is home to more than 20 businesses offering professional, wellness, recreational, and small business services.