Samoset Hotel and golf courses, Rockland Breakwater, ca. 1938

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Samoset Hotel and golf courses, Rockland Breakwater, ca. 1938

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The Samoset Hotel in Rockport was built in 1890 as a Queen Anne style building overlooking Penobscot Bay and situated near Rockland’s newly constructed Breakwater. Commissioned by a group of local businessmen, the hotel, then known as the Bay Point Hotel, was built by William H. Glover.

When the Ricker family of Poland Springs acquired the popular resort in 1902, it became part of their resort hotel chain and was renamed the SamOset. The resort’s golf course was free for guest use. As of 1909, it was a nine-hole course of 2,966 yards length, with the first tee starting within fifty feet of the hotel’s veranda. The Samoset again changed hands in the 1920s when it was purchased by the Maine Central Railroad for use as a spot for summer tourists. The original hotel closed in 1969, burned down in 1972, and was rebuilt in 1974.

The caption reads, "Samoset Hotel and golf courses, Rockland Breakwater, Maine."

The Tichnor Brothers printing company published this type of postcard circa 1938.

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  • Title: Samoset Hotel and golf courses, Rockland Breakwater, ca. 1938
  • Creator: Tichnor Bros., Inc.
  • Creation Date: circa 1938
  • Location: Rockport, Knox County, ME
  • Media: Linen texture postcard
  • Dimensions: 9 cm x 42 cm
  • Collection: The Tichnor Brothers Collection
  • Object Type: Text and Image

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