Main Street, Damariscotta, ca. 1915

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


Automobiles and horses shared parking spaces in the 1920s in Damariscotta where concrete sidewalks were replacing wooden ones.

At the edge of the a dirt street, a horse-watering bowl stood in front of what locals called Lincoln Hall, with the photographer’s vehicle visible on the side street. The building had three stores on the street level and a large hall on the second floor. As of 2020, the Maine Coast Book Store owns the building, where movies and plays are shown in the hall.

The brick block behind Lincoln Hall was called the Day Block. Both of these buildings were constructed of Damariscotta River brick after the great fire of 1845, which burned 70 percent of the buildings on Main Street. The lucrative shipbuilding business in Damariscotta funded these elaborate brick buildings.

In the 1920s, the buildings on the left side of Main Street housed the businesses of Alvan Hussey & Son Dry and Fancy Goods, W. W. Keene & Son Hardware and Glenwood stoves, and a barber shop.

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  • Title: Main Street, Damariscotta, ca. 1915
  • Creator: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1915
  • Subject Date: circa 1915
  • Location: Damariscotta, Lincoln County, ME
  • Media: Glass Plate Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: LB2008.19.114851
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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