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Historical Items

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Item 26105

Andover village, ca. 1909

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1909 Location: Andover Media: Photograph on postcard

Item 55107

Fishing boat and fishermen postcard, Biddeford Pool, 1928

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1928-07-23 Location: Biddeford; Sugar Hill; New Rochelle Media: Postcard

Item 105873

Cottages at Long Cove Point, Bristol, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Penobscot Marine Museum Date: circa 1920 Location: Bristol Media: Glass Plate Negative

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 109398

Vacation home at Grand Beach, Old Orchard, 1904

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1904 Location: Old Orchard Owner: unknown Commission Type: Architecture

Item 109102

George Barnes vacation home, Houlton, 1952

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1952 Location: Houlton Owner: George Barnes Commission Type: Architecture

Item 109117

Lucille Stone vacation home, Castine, 1951

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1951 Location: Castine Owner: Lucille Stone Commission Type: Architecture


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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."


Sagadahoc County through the Eastern Eye

The Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company of Belfast, Maine. employed photographers who traveled by company vehicle through New England each summer, taking pictures of towns and cities, vacation spots and tourist attractions, working waterfronts and local industries, and other subjects postcard recipients might enjoy. The cards were printed by the millions in Belfast into the 1940s.


John Hancock's Relation to Maine

The president of the Continental Congress and the Declaration's most notable signatory, John Hancock, has ties to Maine through politics, and commercial businesses, substantial property, vacations, and family.

Site Pages

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Islesboro--An Island in Penobscot Bay - Historical Overview

Home for some, vacation haven for others, most agree that we are lucky to be part of the island’s on-going history.

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Camp Runoia

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Camp Winnebago

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My Maine Stories

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Peace in Maine
by Rebekah Tower

My story is about my family vacations to Maine when I was growing up.


Langdon Burton and the Cold, Wet Tourists
by Phil Tedrick

A father and son have their vacation experience totally changed by an encounter with a fisherman


November 1st on Horseshoe Pond
by Susan Mancine

A poem about the loss of three elderly relatives

Lesson Plans

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Longfellow Studies: The Elms - Stephen Longfellow's Gorham Farm

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
On April 3, 1761 Stephen Longfellow II signed the deed for the first 100 acre purchase of land that he would own in Gorham, Maine. His son Stephen III (Judge Longfellow) would build a home on that property which still stands to this day. Judge Longfellow would become one of the most prominent citizens in GorhamÂ’s history and one of the earliest influences on his grandson Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's work as a poet. This exhibit examines why the Longfellows arrived in Gorham, Judge Longfellow's role in the history of the town, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's vacations in the country which may have influenced his greatest work, and the remains of the Longfellow estate still standing in Gorham today.