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Ruggles House, Columbia Falls,, Me. 7T.

Ruggles House, Columbia Falls,, Me.  7T.

When Thomas Ruggles’ new Federal style house was completed in 1820, it was praised as one of the most exquisite homes in Maine. After coming to Maine from Rochester, Massachusetts, in the late 1790s to claim a land grant,

Uncaptioned, Cherryfield, ME

Uncaptioned, Cherryfield, ME

When lumber was king in Cherryfield, the banks of the Narragaugus River were thick with lumber awaiting shipment. In the decades after the Civil War, local mills produced 12 to 15 million board feet of lumber a year as well as other wood products.

Waterfront, Calais, Me. 1418.

Waterfront, Calais, Me.  1418.

In this c. 1910 photo taken from the St. Stephen shore, a steamship, possibly the Henry Eaton, is docked at the upper landing in Calais. The Calais end of the international bridge can be seen to the far right. Steamships made daily round trips from Calais to Robbinston, St. Andrews and Eastport.

C. R. Johnson’s Variety Store, Bucks Harbor, Me. 19.

C. R. Johnson’s Variety Store, Bucks Harbor, Me.  19.

This store served the Bucks Harbor community for several decades as a business and community gathering place. It was originally the Ames Store. Supplies for the store arrived on boats and were brought up by wagon to the store.

View of Beals, Me. 38.

View of Beals, Me.  38.

The large home in this c. 1910 photo was built by Freeman Willis “Will” Beal and his wife Elizabeth Maria “Lizzie” (Alley) Beal in the mid 1880s. They were married on December 1, 1884. “Will” was the fifth child of Barnabas Coffin “Tall Barney” Beal and Phebe Ann (Stanwood) Beal.

Post Office, Baring, Me. 20.

Post Office, Baring, Me.  20.

The Granville Chase Store was the company store of the Chase sawmill enterprises in Baring, Maine. As with many general stores of its time, it doubled as the local post office.

Addison, Me. 11.

Addison, Me.  11.

This c. 1920 photo shows buildings that were destroyed or damaged in the May 1938 town fire. At the far left is the Preble store, later owned by Maurice Caler; Leslie Bridgeham’s barbershop and the Addison Grain Store occupied it. C.H. Small, a general store, also sold stoves.

Winterport Ferry, Winterport, Maine

Winterport Ferry, Winterport, Maine

Today there is no evidence remaining of the Winterport ferry which served the community in the years before the advent of autos and the construction of the bridge over the Penobscot at Prospect. The earliest ferry was a dugout propelled by paddles.

Main St., Winterport, Maine

Main St., Winterport, Maine

Charles C. Moody (1865 – 1948) had a dry goods store located on the west side of Main Street in the lower end of town. He carried a wide variety of goods, for in the days before automobiles, people shopped locally.

Shore View, Camp Winnecook, Unity, Maine

Shore View, Camp Winnecook, Unity, Maine

Established in 1903, this 25-acre camp was located on Unity Pond’s eastern shore. Purported to develop “worthy character” in the boys, as well as making them “sound and vigorous of body and mind”,

Post Office, Swanville, Maine

Post Office, Swanville, Maine

The Nickerson and Damn store and post office, now known as Swan Lake Grocery, is located at the foot of Swan Lake. The brick used to build it was made at the Nickerson Brickyard located just south of the store, one of a number of brickyards in Swanville in the 1800s.

Pier, Stockton, Maine

Pier, Stockton, Maine

Since the Penobscot River often froze in winter and prevented ships from getting to and from Bangor to pick up and deliver products, the railroads sought a port that could be accessed in the winter.

A Glimpse of Stockton Springs, Maine

A Glimpse of Stockton Springs, Maine

Downtown Stockton Springs looking to the east, showing all the buildings before any tearing down was done. Mate LaFurley’s store was in what was called the Denslow Block, with a dance hall upstairs that was also used for meetings, etc.

Searsport, Maine

Searsport, Maine

Originally built in 1831, the Searsport House was one of the best hotels to be found outside the larger cities, according to the Industrial Journal, December, 1909. The original building was occupied as a private dwelling until 1835, when it was converted into a hotel.

Carvers Memorial Library, Searsport, Maine

Carvers Memorial Library, Searsport, Maine

For just over 100 years this impressive building has stood on the corner of Mortland Road and Union Street in Searsport. At a special Town Meeting held on October 8, 1908, the heirs of Captain George A. Carver proposed a gift to the town, a new public library, fulfilling a long held wish of Capt.(…)

S.M. Webber House, Searsport, Maine After Cyclone May 22, 1921

S.M. Webber House, Searsport, Maine After Cyclone May 22, 1921

This image shows the colonial mansion of Sidney M. Webber, which was formerly owned by Captain Phineas Pendleton, after it was severely damaged during the Searsport “Sunday Cyclone,” May 22, 1921. The force of the storm moved the home eight feet on its foundation, and the interior was ruined by the shifting of the walls.