Hotel Nemattano, Lubec, 1891

Contributed by Lubec Historical Society


The New England YMCA built this timber hotel, also known as Ne-Mat-Ta-No, on North Lubec with an 1891 season of July 11 to September 1, later July 1 to October 1. According to the book "200 Years of Lubec History" (Lubec Historical Society, 1976, privately printed) the rooms were $2.00 and $2.50 a day or $9.00 to $12.00 a week including baths, a dance pavilion, bowling alley, pool, tennis, and deep sea fishing.

The 500-acre facility was built by the North Lubec Improvement Co, a YMCA company organized for developing the organization’s New England Summer Encampment. The hotel complex, opened August 8, 1890, burned Saturday, August 6, 1921. According to the Aug 11 edition of The Lubec Herald “The big hotel went in a very short time, a spark from the fires setting fire to the roof.” Forest fires were common that summer in the region, the driest since 1894. The newspaper added that the hotel was unoccupied and “had only small insurance.” Advertisement in the Bangor Daily Whig & Courier, August 21, 1899, p. 3.:
"This hotel has recently changed hands and is now conducted along first class lines but at reasonable rates.
It is situated upon high land with commanding views of water dotted with islands. Grand Manan, Campobello, and a myriad of other islands lie at its feet.
"It has open fireplaces, a fine casino, bowling alleys, lawn tennis grounds, canoes, row-boats, etc. etc.
It has frequent connection with Eastport, six miles away, by its own steamer, the “Alice.”
"The sunset views are the finest to be had in Eastern Maine.
Its tables are supplied with Pemattano spring water, the analysis of which is almost precisely like the Poland water, and is particularly efficacious in kidney troubles. The climate of this place is most delightful, situated as it is away from the fogs of the Bay of Fundy, which seldom reach there, but which at a safe distance keep the air cool and invigorating.
"Delightful groves of fir and spruce trees are near at hand. The house will remain open during September, which is the most delightful of months here. For terms, apply to Chas. F. Pierce, Mgr., P.O. Drawer 407, Eastport Maine."

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  • Title: Hotel Nemattano, Lubec, 1891
  • Creation Date: 1891
  • Subject Date: 1891
  • Local Name: North Lubec
  • Town: Lubec
  • County: Washington
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper, Used postal envelope
  • Dimensions: 8.7 cm x 15.2 cm
  • Local Code: 181 jpg
  • Object Type: Text and Image

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Lubec Historical Society
135 Main Street, Lubec, ME 04652

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