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Contributed by: Fryeburg Historical Society
Media: Metal, wood
Contributed by: Patten Free Library
Date: circa 1910
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Reuben Ruby of Portland operated a hack in the city, using his work to earn a living and to help carry out his activist interests, especially abolition and the Underground Railroad.
Since the establishment of the area's first licensed hotel in 1681, Portland has had a dramatic, grand and boisterous hotel tradition. The Portland hotel industry has in many ways reflected the growth and development of the city itself. As Portland grew with greater numbers of people moving through the city or calling it home, the hotel business expanded to fit the increasing demand.
For many different reasons people saved and carefully preserved the objects in this exhibit. Eventually, along with the memories they hold, the objects were passed to the Maine Historical Society. Object and memory, serve as a powerful way to explore history and to connect to the lives of people in the past.
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In 1884, a devastating fire broke out and burned the tavern which also served as a hotel to the ground.
Clark Judge Hodgdon Alcohol, taverns Amos M. Roberts Hannibal Hamlin Ebenezer Trask Oliver H. Hinkley Joshua Hill William Cobb Wilmot Proviso
As the story has been handed down, there was a tavern in the lower end of the city which was very popular with the sailors who came in on ships from…