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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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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.


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.


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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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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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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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.