Posts by Matt Wheeler:

St. Croix Paper Mill, Woodland, Me. 19A.

St. Croix Paper Mill, Woodland, Me.  19A.

About 1900 Sprague’s Falls on the St. Croix River, five miles north of Baring, was identified as an ideal location for a dam and a paper mill by a consortium of businessmen. The St. Croix Paper Company was formed

Opera House, Woodland, Me. 13X.

Opera House, Woodland, Me.  13X.

In 1907 and only two years from the time Woodland was a forested, largely uninhabited wilderness, Charles Murray, an immigrant from Italy, built the Woodland Opera House to provide the then boom town a venue for entertainment.

View from Monaghan Hill, Whitneyville, Me. 11.

View from Monaghan Hill, Whitneyville, Me.  11.

This broad view from the Monaghan Hill on Canal Road looks south across the Machias River. The wooden structure is the remnants of the dam that supplied power to the original Sullivan lumber mill,

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.