Posts by Matt Wheeler:

View of Waite, Me. 23.

View of Waite, Me.  23.

The house on the right is one of the oldest houses in Waite, built by Ed Ripley in the 19th century. The home on the left, owned and occupied by Earl and Ada Ripley, was destroyed by fire in 1932. The fire was

A.D. Lane’s Store, Topsfield, Me. 29.

A.D. Lane’s Store, Topsfield, Me.   29.

In the 1920s Daniel Lane operated a general store on his property next to the Lane Hotel. The store is on the right, with the barn between it and the hotel.

The Willows, Steuben, Me. 241.

The Willows, Steuben, Me.  241.

The “Willows” was an old home adjacent to the Wharf Road. Built in 1785 by Dr. Ebenezer Handy, it was considered the oldest home in Steuben before it was destroyed by fire.

Uncaptioned, Roques Bluffs, ME

Uncaptioned, Roques Bluffs, ME

The Roque Bluffs Baptist Church was dedicated July 23, 1902. Fundraising for its construction was done by the Ladies Improvement Society, organized in February 1893. In the beginning

Episcopal Church, Robbinston, Me. 11.

Episcopal Church, Robbinston, Me.  11.

Grace Chapel is a classic example of a 19th-century rural American church. It was built in1882 by Rev. Peter Henry Steenstra. A longtime summer resident of Robbinston,

Bridge, Princeton, Me. 93A.

Bridge, Princeton, Me.  93A.

In 1903 Princeton’s first metal bridge across the stream between the lakes, known locally as the “flowage,” was built, replacing the 1893 log bridge. It was reinforced with concrete in 1939. In 2012 the Princeton Bridge was rebuilt

J. T. Gove and Sons Store, Perry, Me. 131.

J. T. Gove and Sons Store, Perry, Me.  131.

Located on the Shore Road, just west of the Perry Congregational Church, the building on the left was originally a Methodist Church and in later years housed J.T. Gove and Sons Store, owned by Justin Gove, who lived across the road.

Iron Works School House, Pembroke, Me. 18.

Iron Works School House, Pembroke, Me.  18.

No longer standing, the schoolhouse was part of the “English Village” constructed by the Pembroke Ironworks Co. for its English employees, who immigrated to work in the mill. In addition to the school,

Atlantic House, Millbridge, Me. 129K.

Atlantic House, Millbridge, Me.  129K.

The Atlantic House was a public rooming house for travelers. The door to the far right led to a bar open to the public. There have been many owners

Office, Camp Meddybemps, Meddybemps, Me. 7.

Office, Camp Meddybemps, Meddybemps, Me.  7.

Sometime after the turn of the last century, Charlie Stone built a resort on the west shore of Meddybemps Lake. It catered to “sports” from away who were attracted to the lake’s good fishing and hunting.

West Side View, Machiasport, Me. 24

West Side View, Machiasport, Me.  24

Although a fire in had destroyed 14 structures along the Machiasport waterfront in 1893, it was again a busy place about 1910, when this photo was taken. The large building on the left, next to the schooner at the Stuart Boatyard, is the W. S. Cates clam factory.

Main St., Machias, Me. 16K.

Main St., Machias, Me.  16K.

This c. 1920 photo of Main Street in Machias shows a busy downtown. Although the horse watering trough still stands at the intersection, automobiles dominate the commercial district.

Clare Hotel, Machias, Me. 29.

Clare Hotel, Machias, Me.  29.

In 1860, Mathew Clare purchased a large double house on Court Street beside the County Jail. He soon remodeled the building into a hotel, which he opened as “Clare’s Hotel.”