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Item 28445

Brick from Montpelier, Thomaston, 1794

Contributed by: The General Henry Knox Museum Date: circa 1794 Location: Thomaston Media: Brick

Item 25526

Interior, Maine State Building, Poland Spring, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Poland Spring Preservation Society Date: circa 1900 Location: Poland Spring Media: Photographic print

Item 177

Observatory timber contract, Portland, 1807

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1807-04-08 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Tax Records

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Item 86849

422-426 Commercial Street (leased land), Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Elias Hersey Roofing Company Use: Storage for Roof material

Item 91810

422-426 Commercial Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Hersey Elias Roofing Company Use: Storage-Roof Material


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Home: The Longfellow House & the Emergence of Portland

The Wadsworth-Longfellow house is the oldest building on the Portland peninsula, the first historic site in Maine, a National Historic Landmark, home to three generations of Wadsworth and Longfellow family members -- including the boyhood home of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The history of the house and its inhabitants provide a unique view of the growth and changes of Portland -- as well as of the immediate surroundings of the home.


Extracting Wealth

Maine's natural resources -- granite, limestone and slate in particular -- along with its excellent ports made it a leader in mining and production of the valuable building materials. Stone work also attracted numerous skilled immigrants.


Washington County Through Eastern's Eye

Images taken by itinerant photographers for Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company, a real photo postcard company, provide a unique look at industry, commerce, recreation, tourism, and the communities of Washington County in the early decades of the twentieth century.

Site Pages

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Historic Hallowell - In the Beginning - Raw Materials - Quarrying

In the Beginning - Raw Materials - Quarrying Many of America's finest public monuments were cut from Hallowell granite and sculpted by her artisans…

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Historic Hallowell - Nature's Bounty - Raw Material, Close at Hand

Nature's Bounty - Raw Material, Close at Hand Hains Ledge Quarry, Lithgow Hill, Hallowell, ca.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Building of Arts: By Josh Howie

… alike would be welcome and which should help materially in the musical development of the town already so successfully initiated, as well as add to…

My Maine Stories

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Story of the "little nun"
by Felicia Garant

My grandmother made a nun's outfit for me


Co-founding Halcyon Yarn and learning to weave
by Hector Jaeger

Moving to Maine, Halcyon Yarn, and rediscovering the joy of weaving


Florence Ahlquist Link's WWII service in the WAVES
by Earlene Ahlquist Chadbourne

Florence Ahlquist, age 20, was trained to repair the new aeronautical cameras by the US Navy in WWII