Merchants' Row, Bath, ca. 1883

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Merchants' Row on the western side of Front Street in Bath around 1883. Merchants' Row today contains the oldest retail buildings in downtown Bath, a collection of brick Greek Revival structures that survived the fire of 1837 or were built in the years immediately following. According to Parker McCobb Reed, thirty stores and businesses were burned to ashes in February of 1937.

The businesses pictured include, from left to right: J. Lufkin Douglas clothing store under the Sagadahock House; James B. Drake, ship insurer; the billiard parlors of Daniel F. Pembroke; Walter Webber's drugstore; the offices of George E. Morse, real estate agent and commission merchant; the Howland and Hayden jewelery store with a hanging sign of a watch and compass; the printing offices of George E. Newman; and the dry goods store of David T. Percy.

All of these businesses appear in the Bath City Directory of 1883, but not in the editions from the years of 1880 or 1887.

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About This Item

  • Title: Merchants' Row, Bath, ca. 1883
  • Creator: Higgins, John C.
  • Creation Date: circa 1883
  • Subject Date: circa 1883
  • Local Name: Merchants' Row
  • Town: Bath
  • County: Sagadahoc
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 20.3 cm
  • Local Code: MMM
  • Object Type: Image

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