The Willows Hotel, Farmington, ca. 1885

Contributed by Farmington Historical Society


Lucy Belcher opened a school in Farmington for girls named The Willows in 1872. Her father, Hannibal Belcher, built a ‘commodious building’ for Lucy and she opened with nearly 60 students. The educational focus was music, drawing, painting and needlework, but science, English, and math were included for the well-rounded young ladies. Lucy’s interest in the school waned after two years and the school closed. The building itself “proved to be a white elephant”. It was converted to a hotel, which was never very prosperous. After some years of abandonment, it was used for a dormitory for Normal School students during the 1920’s and 1930’s. (Richard Mallet’s book on Farmington Schools p. 35)

On verso: Views of Franklin County, The Woods of Maine

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  • Title: The Willows Hotel, Farmington, ca. 1885
  • Creator: ER Starbird, Farmington, Maine
  • Creation Date: circa 1885
  • Subject Date: circa 1885
  • Location: Farmington, Franklin County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 12 cm x 19 cm
  • Object Type: Image

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Farmington Historical Society
PO Box 575, Farmington, ME 04938


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