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Historical Items

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Item 29370

Pepperell Mills boarding houses, Biddeford, ca. 1875

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: circa 1875 Location: Biddeford Media: Stereograph

Item 29280

Laconia Mills boarding houses, Biddeford, ca. 1895

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: circa 1895 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Item 19424

Cunningham Boarding House, Mount Desert, ca. 1905

Contributed by: Maine Granite Industry Historical Society Date: circa 1905 Location: Mount Desert; Hall Quarry Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 89999

Pettengill property, Sunset Road, Cliff Island, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Elizabeth T. Pettengill Use: Boarding House

Item 35356

650-744 Brighton Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Moses W. Lucas Use: Boarding House

Item 96351

66 Veranda Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Florence E. Barker Use: Boarding House


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Mural mystery in Westport Island's Cornelius Tarbox, Jr. House

The Cornelius Tarbox, Jr. House, a well-preserved Greek Revival house on Westport Island, has a mystery contained within--a panoramic narrative mural. The floor-to-ceiling mural contains eight painted panels that create a colorful coastal seascape which extends through the front hallway and up the stairwell. The name of the itinerant painter has been lost over time, can you help us solve the mystery of who he or she was?


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.


Portland Hotels

Since the establishment of the area's first licensed hotel in 1681, Portland has had a dramatic, grand and boisterous hotel tradition. The Portland hotel industry has in many ways reflected the growth and development of the city itself. As Portland grew with greater numbers of people moving through the city or calling it home, the hotel business expanded to fit the increasing demand.

Site Pages

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Bath's Historic Downtown - The Customs House

… and a room for the Merchant's Exchange and Board of Trade. When the building opened in 1858, Joseph Berry was Collector of Customs and Joseph C…

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Bath's Historic Downtown - The Sagadahock House and The Sagadahoc Block

… 100 pound piece of pine wood when he heard the board strike the ground. He immediately turned and saw Haley stuck, then raised the alarm.

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Home: The Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Portland - The Wadsworth-Longfellow House, 1786-1960

A solid board fence screened the side yard that led to the rear entrance to the house through the ell and the garden.

My Maine Stories

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Maine and the Atlantic World Slave Economy
by Seth Goldstein

How Maine's historic industries are tied to slavery


Monument Square 1967
by C. Michael Lewis

The background story and research behind a commissioned painting of Monument Square.


A Maine Family's story of being Prisoners of War in Manila
by Nicki Griffin

As a child, born after the war, I would hear these stories - glad they were finally written down