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Historical Items

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Item 18722

Modern rendering of John Small's map of Falmouth, 1753

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1753 Location: Falmouth Media: Map, ink on paper

Item 12629

Small Point, 1738

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1738-01-09 Location: Phippsburg; Phippsburg Media: Ink on paper

Item 108671

Ghost town, Davidson, ca. 1908

Courtesy of Henry Gartley, an individual partner Date: circa 1908 Location: Davidson; Davidson Media: Photographic print

Online Exhibits

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The Establishment of the Troy Town Forest

Seavey Piper, a selectman, farmer, landowner, and leader of the Town of Troy in the 1920s through the early 1950s helped establish a town forest on abandoned farm land in Troy. The exhibit details his work over ten years.


A Town Is Born: South Bristol, 1915

After being part of the town of Bristol for nearly 150 years, residents of South Bristol determined that their interests would be better served by becoming a separate town and they broke away from the large community of Bristol.


Princeton: Woods and Water Built This Town

Princeton benefited from its location on a river -- the St. Croix -- that was useful for transportation of people and lumber and for powering mills as well as on its proximity to forests.

Site Pages

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Western Maine Foothills Region - Regional and Town History

While the region retains its rural small-town nature, inhabitants can much more easily commute to jobs in those cities and even Portland to the south.

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - About Us

A small group of dedicated volunteers and professionals was formed, who could bring an array of different backgrounds and specialties to the project.

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - Shipbuilding

… that a few industrious men with ability built small vessels for fishing soon after they arrived in the area.

My Maine Stories

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A Lifelong Romance with Retail
by George A Smith

Maine's once plentiful small retail stores.


Michael Reilly: preserving an iconic family business
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

The story behind Reilly's Bakery, at the heart of Biddeford’s Main Street for 100+ years


Norman Sevigny: history of a neighborhood grocery store
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

Growing up in a Franco-American community and working in the family business, Sevigny’s Market