Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1924–1926 Location: Cape Elizabeth Client: Cape Cottage Park Company Architect: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects
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."
At the heyday of trolleys in Maine, many of the trolley companies developed recreational facilities along or at the end of trolley lines as one further way to encourage ridership. The parks often had walking paths, dance pavilions, and various other entertainments. Cutting-edge technology came together with a thirst for adventure and forever changed social dynamics in the process.
Historically, the cottage industries were common in areas where a large percentage of local population was engaged in seasonal work, because families…