Keywords: village commons
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Contributed by: Hamlin Memorial Library and Museum
Date: circa 1830
Media: print of drawing
Contributed by: Bethel Historical Society
Date: circa 1875
Santa Claus and evergreens have been common December additions to homes, schools, businesses, and other public places to America since the mid nineteenth century. They are two symbols of the Christian holiday of Christmas whose origins are unrelated to the religious meaning of the day.
Throughout New England, barns attached to houses are fairly common. Why were the buildings connected? What did farmers or families gain by doing this? The phenomenon was captured in the words of a children's song, "Big house, little house, back house, barn," (Thomas C. Hubka Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn, the Connected Farm Buildings of New England, University Press of New England, 1984.)
Many of the one-room schoolhouses in Otisfield, constructed from 1839 through the early twentieth century, are featured here. The photos, most of which also show teachers and children, were taken between 1898 and 1998.
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Dist.# 5 - Village School served the children of the village in the schoolhouse that later became the Grange Hall, located on the road now known as…
… Society The village of New Portland was commonly known as West Portland and today is referred to as the West Village by most people that live…
The bridge is flexing under the load of this light cargo truck, a common sight with this type of bridge.