Contributed by Thomaston Historical Society
In 1870 and 1871, the Knox and Lincoln Railroad Company purchased land in Thomaston to lay a railroad line. The tracks ran through the former General Henry Knox Estate, and called for the removal of his mansion, Montpelier. Efforts were launched to save the mansion but not enough interest or funds could be raised.
A two-storey brick building on the estate, built in 1797 and used by General Knox as a farmhouse for his employees, was spared and used as a train depot.
In 1956, when the railroad company ceased to exist, the DAR received ownership of the building. In the 1970s, it was deeded to the Thomaston Historical Society, who refurbished it for use as their headquarters. The building still serves this purpose on the east side of lower Knox Street, just north of the railroad tracks.
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- Title: Railroad Depot, Thomaston, Maine c 1871
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