Contributed by Westport Island History Committee
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The Town Hall, built in the 1790's, first served as a Freewill Baptist Church and later was used by both the Baptists and the Methodists. The Methodists moved to the "Community Church" in 1864. In 1885, the town acquired the building and remodeled it to be used as the Town Hall. Both buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.
A similar photograph of the Town Hall with the Westport Community Church in the background, looking north on the main road was published in the Bath Independent newspaper in 1908. The accompanying description noted that it was one of the oldest buildings on Westport "some say it is the oldest..." and that it was painted a "dark red" and in a "good state of repair".
The photographer, Edward P. McLaughlin was the son of sea captain Thomas McLaughlin who lived on Westport. Edward later had a photography business in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
About This Item
- Title: Town Hall and Community Church, Westport Island, ca. 1908
- Creator: E. P. McLaughlin
- Creation Date: circa 1908
- Subject Date: circa 1908
- Westport Island, Lincoln County, ME
- Plymouth, Plymouth County, MA
- Media: Photograph
- Dimensions: 25.4 cm x 30.5 cm
- Collection: Segerstrom Collection
- Object Type: Image
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Standardized Subject Headings
- colonial architecture
- historic structure
- meeting house
- National Register of Historic Places
- town hall
For more information about this item, contact:Westport Island History Committee
6 Fowles Point Road, Westport Island, ME 04578
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