Keywords: Resort cottages
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1972–1995 Location: Hanover Parish Clients: Carol A. Wilson; David M. Stenstrom Architect: Carol A. Wilson; Carol A. Wilson, Architect
From the last decades of the nineteenth century through about the 1920s, vacationers were attracted to large resort hotels that promised a break from the noise, crowds, and pressures of an ever-urbanizing country.
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."
During the Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century, Americans sought to leave increasing urban, industrialized lives for the health and relaxation of the country. The Poland Spring resort, which offered a beautiful setting, healing waters, and many amenities, was one popular destination.
Historically, the cottage industries were common in areas where a large percentage of local population was engaged in seasonal work, because families…