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Item 16423

Postcard Wood Island Lighthouse, Biddeford c 1902

Contributed by: Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse Date: 1902 Location: Biddeford Media: Postcard

Item 16489

Wood Island Lighthouse, Biddeford, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Jeremy D'Entremont, American Lighthouse Foundation through Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse Date: 1920 Location: Biddeford Media: Postcard

Item 16419

Wood Island Lighthouse, Biddeford, 1944

Contributed by: Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse Date: 1944-03-01 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print


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Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.


Summer Folk: The Postcard View

Vacationers, "rusticators," or tourists began flooding into Maine in the last quarter of the 19th century. Many arrived by train or steamer. Eventually, automobiles expanded and changed the tourist trade, and some vacationers bought their own "cottages."


Designing Acadia

For one hundred years, Acadia National Park has captured the American imagination and stood as the most recognizable symbol of Maine’s important natural history and identity. This exhibit highlights Maine Memory content relating to Acadia and Mount Desert Island.

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - I. Headwaters of a community: Sowacatuck, Chouacoet, and the sea

… villages.” (Ghere, 513) Wood Island and lighthouse, Biddeford Pool, ca. 1915Item Contributed byMcArthur Public Library Their doom was just…

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Islesboro--An Island in Penobscot Bay - Early Settlements

… Village and Grindle Point where Islesboro’s only lighthouse was built in 1850. A schoolhouse, the Creek School, located near the creek overlooking…