Hodgkins store, North Newcastle, ca. 1910

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


Elbridge Baker, Jr. was an enterprising businessman who worked in lumber and “match splints,” farmed, and opened a country store in North Newcastle in the 1860s. In 1869 he was appointed Postmaster and had the post office in his store.

When Elbridge Baker died, Tildon Hodgkins, who had apprenticed at the store, took over the business and post office. He had a house built across the road from the store. It was a typical country store, which sold countless items and was the center of the community. Many goods came by train to Damariscotta Mills. Hodgkins also bought produce from local farmers and delivered groceries to many of his customers.

The North Newcastle Post Office closed in 1946. Hodgkins ran the store until his health declined; he died in 1968.

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  • Title: Hodgkins store, North Newcastle, ca. 1910
  • Creator: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1910
  • Subject Date: circa 1910
  • Location: North Newcastle, Newcastle, Lincoln County, ME
  • Media: Glass Plate Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.101867
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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