Harbor View Hotel, Bath, ca. 1910

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


This large home at 12 Front Street, built in 1830 for Captain Davis and Betsy Hatch and their 17 children, later became a hotel. Captain Hatch was a Bath businessman with a boot and shoe business that lasted for 100 years.

In the 1890s the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (W.C.T.U.) occupied the building for several years before H. G. Berry opened the Berry House hotel in 1899.

Charles A. Hooker purchased the hotel in 1903 from Berry and renamed it Harbor View Hotel. He sold it in 1905, the year a fire occurred during a blizzard and destroyed the upper floor and roof, which were subsequently repaired. Shortly before 1914, it was operating as the Eagle Hotel.

The Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company vehicle was parked in front of the hotel around 1910. A photographer was probably taking pictures for postcards.

A Bath Daily Times article reported the hotel “is admirably situated, has 22 cozy bedrooms, provided with every comfort. The house is well heated in winter, has electric lights and bells, toilets and baths, smoking and reading rooms, attractive parlors, etc.” with a pleasing wide veranda. At the time rates for most of the rooms were 75 cents for a single and $1.00 for a double.

Frederick E. Drake, Jr., president of James B. Drake & Sons insurance firm, later purchased the building and tore it down.

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About This Item

  • Title: Harbor View Hotel, Bath, ca. 1910
  • Creator: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1910
  • Subject Date: circa 1910
  • Location: Bath, Sagadahoc County, ME
  • Media: Glass Plate Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.112941
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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