Back Meadow Street, Nobleboro, ca. 1915

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The Town House, on the right, H. Alvin Hall's Store, the post office, and the telephone exchange in the building next door, the large Grange building, and a school made up Nobleboro's town center in the early twentieth century.

Built between 1837-1838, the Town House's kerosene-lighted bead-board interior housed selectmen’s offices and space for meetings.

The Nobleboro post office and Back Meadow Telephone Company shared space with Hall's Store. In 1914 the telephone cooperative received permission to have a party line extending “from Noble monument to the Damariscotta north line.” The exchange also permitted members to make out-of-town calls but only during store hours.

The Nobleboro Grange, No. 369, organized in January 1901, built the high-roofed building in 1902. Its membership peaked at 160 in 1914 and again in 1947. As the farm population decreased, the Grange became primarily a social organization. The Nobleboro Grange and Waldoboro’s Meenahga Grange merged in 2010.

The Center School next door was one of twelve one-room schoolhouses in Nobleboro. Originally located down the road, this schoolhouse was rebuilt in 1892 on the site of the town pound.

William Sidelinger operated a blacksmith and wheelwright shop next to the school and lived in the adjacent house. Mabel Sidelinger, his great-granddaughter, lived in the house until she died in 1996 at age 105.

The Town House building burned in the early 1990s. The Grange is a private residence in 2020.

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  • Title: Back Meadow Street, Nobleboro, ca. 1915
  • Creator: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1915
  • Subject Date: circa 1915
  • Location: Nobleboro, Lincoln County, ME
  • Media: Glass Plate Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.101783
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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