Keywords: timber harvest
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Contributed by: Davistown Museum
Media: Forged iron and natural steel
Contributed by: National Archives at Boston
Media: Photographic print
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.
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.
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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… only way to effectively transport the harvested timber to southern markets was by rail. The Central Maine Railroad stopped at Farmington, so…
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…
… divisions.” This land was a valuable source of timber and after the trees were harvested, the property would serve as farmland.