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Item 81710

The Coveside Inn demolition, Christmas Cove, 2006

Contributed by: South Bristol Historical Society Date: 2006 Location: South Bristol Media: jpeg

Item 55055

Sand Beach and Ocean View Motel, Biddeford Pool, ca. 1920

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: circa 1920 Location: Biddeford Media: Postcard

Item 27105

Hotel Register, Islesboro, 1898

Contributed by: Islesboro Historical Society Date: 1898 Location: Islesboro Media: Ink on paper

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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.


Poland Spring: Summering in Fashion

During the Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century, Americans sought to leave increasing urban, industrialized lives for the health and relaxation of the country. The Poland Spring resort, which offered a beautiful setting, healing waters, and many amenities, was one popular destination.


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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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Ocean View Hotel

Ocean View Hotel Ocean View Hotel porch, Swan's Island, ca. 1900Item Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society The Ocean View Hotel was…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Summer Pleasures

Summer Pleasures Dale Stockbridge and Galen Turner, Swan's Island, ca. 1965Item Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society Playing…

My Maine Stories

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Norcross Deer Hunting
by Albert Fowler

How hunting has impacted my life