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Historical Items

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Item 23863

McMillan Vacation School of Fine Arts advertisement, 1933

Contributed by: Hollingsworth Fine Arts Date: 1933 Location: Belgrade Lakes Media: Ink on paper

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McMillan School of Fine Arts Vacation School entrance, Rome, 1933

Contributed by: Hollingsworth Fine Arts Date: circa 1933 Location: Rome; Belgrade Lakes Media: Printed black and white photo in original brochure

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The Marigold

Contributed by: Jesup Memorial Library Date: circa 1920 Location: Bar Harbor Media: Photographic print

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 109102

George Barnes vacation home, Houlton, 1952

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1952 Location: Houlton Client: George Barnes Architect: Eaton W. Tarbell

Item 109117

Lucille Stone vacation home, Castine, 1951

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1951 Location: Castine Client: Lucille Stone Architect: Eaton W. Tarbell

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Vacation home at Grand Beach, Old Orchard, 1904

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1904 Location: Old Orchard Client: unknown Architect: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects

Online Exhibits

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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."


Sagadahoc County through the Eastern Eye

The Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company of Belfast, Maine. employed photographers who traveled by company vehicle through New England each summer, taking pictures of towns and cities, vacation spots and tourist attractions, working waterfronts and local industries, and other subjects postcard recipients might enjoy. The cards were printed by the millions in Belfast into the 1940s.


Summer Camps

Maine is home to dozens of summer-long youth camps and untold numbers of day camps that take advantage of water, woods, and fresh air. While the children, counselors, and other staff come to Maine in the summer, the camps live on throughout the year and throughout the lives of many of the campers.

Site Pages

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Norcross Heritage Trust

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Islesboro--An Island in Penobscot Bay - Historical Overview

Home for some, vacation haven for others, most agree that we are lucky to be part of the island’s on-going history.

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Camp Runoia

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My Maine Stories

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Peace in Maine
by Rebekah Tower

My story is about my family vacations to Maine when I was growing up.


Langdon Burton and the Cold, Wet Tourists
by Phil Tedrick

A father and son have their vacation experience totally changed by an encounter with a fisherman


"Mama sings 'get your hands up'": Maria's Diary June 2020
by Maria

Maria, 7 years old, records impressions of staying with her grandparents in Somesville in June 2020.

Lesson Plans

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Longfellow Studies: The Elms - Stephen Longfellow's Gorham Farm

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
On April 3, 1761 Stephen Longfellow II signed the deed for the first 100 acre purchase of land that he would own in Gorham, Maine. His son Stephen III (Judge Longfellow) would build a home on that property which still stands to this day. Judge Longfellow would become one of the most prominent citizens in GorhamÂ’s history and one of the earliest influences on his grandson Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's work as a poet. This exhibit examines why the Longfellows arrived in Gorham, Judge Longfellow's role in the history of the town, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's vacations in the country which may have influenced his greatest work, and the remains of the Longfellow estate still standing in Gorham today.