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Item 16805


Contributed by: Davistown Museum

Media: Forged iron and natural steel

Item 100998

Abandoned farm, Byron, 1939

Contributed by: National Archives at Boston

Date: 1939-11-08

Location: Byron

Media: Photographic print

Item 16807

Hewing ax, ca. 1650

Contributed by: Davistown Museum

Date: circa 1650

Media: Forged iron and steel, wooden handle.

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Southern Cross commemorative print, ca. 1928

Big Timber: the Mast Trade

Britain was especially interested in occupying Maine during the Colonial era to take advantage of the timber resources. The tall, straight, old growth white pines were perfect for ships' masts to help supply the growing Royal Navy.


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Potato pickers, Caribou, ca. 1930

Laboring in Maine

Workers in Maine have labored in factories, on farms, in the woods, on the water, among other locales. Many of Maine's occupations have been determined by the state's climate and geographical features.


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Shepard Cary, Houlton, 1805-1866

Shepard Cary: Lumberman, Legislator, Leader and Legend

Shepard Cary (1805-1866) was one of the leading -- and wealthiest -- residents of early Aroostook County. He was a lumberman, merchant, mill operator, and legislator.

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Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad station, Strong, ca. 1910

Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - The Railroad

… only way to effectively transport the harvested timber to southern markets was by rail. The Central Maine Railroad stopped at Farmington, so…

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Map of the Georges River, Thomaston, Maine 2009

Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - Early Shipbuilders - 1780s

Timbers could be laid down on the shores for ships and then easily launched upon completion. The first records of ships being built are in 1787 when…

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Map of North Yarmouth, 1687

Cumberland & North Yarmouth - Our Shared History - Page 1 of 4

… divisions.” This land was a valuable source of timber and after the trees were harvested, the property would serve as farmland.