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.
Farmington's Normal School -- a teacher-training facility -- opened in 1863 and, over the decades, offered academic programs that included such unique features as domestic and child-care training, and extra-curricular activities from athletics to music and theater.
Images taken by itinerant photographers for Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company, a real photo postcard company, provide a unique look at industry, commerce, recreation, tourism, and the communities of Washington County in the early decades of the twentieth century.
It wasn’t really a gym at all, but the town hall. It was the first floor of the town hall that was used as the “multipurpose room.” Hampden Academy…
… recalling how the building, with it's spacious gym, had been the community's pride and joy. He commended the hard work of those who helped make the…
… had an organized team which played at the Y’s gym against local teams. However, basketball had not yet made its way to the other Island schools.