Taconnet Clubhouse in Winslow was constructed in 1902 to serve as a community center for workers and their families at the Hollingsworth & Whitney Paper Company mill.
A band is performing near the flagpole in this photograph.
Inside, on the ground floor and below ground level, there was a large room (the east wing) with billiard and pool tables, a room with several tables for playing games of cards, a barber shop, two bowling alleys, restrooms and shower rooms (all on the lower level).
On the upper level was a large conference room/ballroom, a huge kitchen, and a library. After school, the lower level of the Clubhouse became a destination for high school age boys. The facility was managed by two mill employees; any foul language resulted in expulsion.
To the right of the main structure (not visible in photo) were two beautiful clay tennis courts and in the middle of the two courts, there was a large gazebo-styled bandstand. The open wrap-around porch overlooked the Kennebec River on the west side.
When H & W merged with Scott Paper in the early 1950s, the social & recreational mission of the Taconnet Clubhouse came to an end; the Clubhouse was converted into the Timberlands Office for Scott Paper. In 1984, the former Taconnet Clubhouse was demolished.
This area later became the site of the Winslow Town Office, Fire Station, Police Station and the large parking area in back of the Municipal Building.
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