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Historical Items

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Item 25651

Barns, Valley Farm, New Gloucester, ca. 1937

Contributed by: New Gloucester Historical Society Date: circa 1937 Location: New Gloucester Media: Photographic print

Item 54669

Good Will Farm, Fairfield, ca. 1940

Contributed by: L.C. Bates Museum / Good Will-Hinckley Homes Date: circa 1940 Location: Fairfield Media: Photographic print

Item 20664

Stairs-Beckwith Farm, Presque Isle, ca. 1950

Contributed by: Presque Isle Historical Society Date: circa 1950 Location: Presque Isle Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 78249

Barn, Tyler Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Kenneth J. McKenzie Use: Barn - Stable

Item 65532

Assessor's Record, Barn, Newell Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Isaiah M. Harvie Use: Barn - Stable

Item 77755

Assessor's Record, Barn, Taft Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Edward Connolly Use: Barn


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Farm-yard Frames

Throughout New England, barns attached to houses are fairly common. Why were the buildings connected? What did farmers or families gain by doing this? The phenomenon was captured in the words of a children's song, "Big house, little house, back house, barn," (Thomas C. Hubka <em>Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn, the Connected Farm Buildings of New England,</em> University Press of New England, 1984.)


John Y. Merrill: Leeds Farmer, Entrepreneur, & More

John Y. Merrill of Leeds (1823-1898) made terse entries in diaries he kept for 11 years. His few words still provide a glimpse into the life of a mid 18th century farmer, who also made shoes, quarried stone, moved barns, made healing salves -- and was active in civic affairs.


Among the Lungers: Treating TB

Tuberculosis -- or consumption as it often was called -- claimed so many lives and so threatened the health of communities that private organizations and, by 1915, the state, got involved in TB treatment. The state's first tuberculosis sanatorium was built on Greenwood Mountain in Hebron and introduced a new philosophy of treatment.

Site Pages

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John Martin: Expert Observer - John Martin barn plan, Bangor, 1867

Martin wrote, "When I build my barn it will be like this if it comes under the head of a possibility.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Harbor Cottage, The Old Ell (“Mame’s House”), and the Big Barn

… The Old Ell (“Mame’s House”), and the Big Barn Harbor Cottage at Asticou Northeast Harbor Maine Circa 1880Item Contributed byNortheast Harbor…

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Blue Hill, Maine - Farmer

Farmer Barn Watercolor, Blue Hill, ca. 1826 Item 33909 infoJonathan Fisher Memorial, Inc. This barn with attached hog shed was built by…

My Maine Stories

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Apple Time - a visit to the ancestral farm
by Randy Randall

Memories from childhood of visiting the family homestead in Limington during apple picking time.


Aroostook Potato Harvest: Perspective of a Six Year Old
by Phyllis A. Blackstone

A child's memory of potato harvest in the 1950s


Cleaning Fish or How Grandfather and Grandmother got by
by Randy Randall

Grandfather and Grandmother subsisted on the fish Grandfather caught, not always legally.