Keywords: Damariscotta River
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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Date: circa 1922
Media: Photograph on postcard
Contributed by: South Bristol Historical Society
Location: South Bristol
Media: Photographic print
After being part of the town of Bristol for nearly 150 years, residents of South Bristol determined that their interests would be better served by becoming a separate town and they broke away from the large community of Bristol.
Imagine a day 150 years ago. Looking down a side street, you see the buildings are covered with posters and signs.
Immigration is one of the most contentious topics of debate in Maine. Controversy aside, immigration is also America's oldest tradition, and along with religious tolerance, what our nation was built upon. Since the first people—the Wabanaki—permitted Europeans to settle in the land now known as Maine, we have been a state of immigrants.
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Many settlers came from the settlements along the Damariscotta River area to this area known as the Sandy River Territory.
They established business as blockmakers and ship chandlers at Paine’s wharf, near the Narrows on the George's River, an area below the prison site.
… inhabitants from Topsham, Augusta, Hallowell, Damariscotta, Dunstable (MA), Martha’s Vineyard (MA), and other areas of New Hampshire and…