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Historical Items

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Item 7584

Frank Swan's Summer Camp Ca. 1905

Contributed by: Skowhegan History House Date: circa 1905 Location: Madison Media: Photographic print

Item 98692

Summer cottages at Grimes Cove, Ocean Point, ca. 1910

Contributed by: Boothbay Region Historical Society Date: circa 1910 Location: Boothbay; East Boothbay; Ocean Point Media: Glass Negative

Item 18640

The Marigold

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

Tax Records

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Item 76984

16 Summer Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Bartley Crowley Use: Dwelling - Two family

Item 76987

18 Summer Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Bartley Crowley Use: Dwelling - Two family

Item 76992

25 Summer Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Daniel J. Feeney Use: Dwelling - Single family


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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.


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.


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."

Site Pages

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Islesboro--An Island in Penobscot Bay - Summer Resorts

… of Ryder’s Cove and Hewes Point, the Dark Harbor summer people valued a more natural, rugged summer experience, including walking on the stone…

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Home: The Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Portland - The Wadsworth Era: 1786-1807

Letters Eliza wrote during the summer of 1800 indicate that she and Stephen Longfellow -- who was a favorite of both Eliza and Zilpah -- had an…

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Home: The Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Portland - The Longfellow Era: 1807-1901

… "...on our own street we have had a whole summer of dust already...for in our town is the constant stir up by the horse cars.

My Maine Stories

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A Smart Horse
by Lynn Peasley Sanborn

The horse brings the hay home while the boys are swimming.


In an Old, Abandoned Island House, I Found my Mentor and my Muse
by Robin Clifford Wood

An aspiring writer finds inspiration and a mentor from the past in an old island home.


History of Forest Gardens
by Gary Libby

This is a history of one of Portland's oldest local bars