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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.

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Historic Clothing Collection - Organdy summer dress, ca. 1863 - Page 1 of 4

Organdy summer dress, ca. 1863 Contributed by Maine Historical Society Description This simple, plain white, unadorned organdy summer

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - People Who Called Scarborough Home - Page 1 of 4

Summers were spent living alone and winters with relatives in New Hampshire. In 1961, Litchfield celebrated his 90th birthday at his niece’s home in…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Indians & Rusticators: Wabanakis & Summer Visitors on Mount Desert Island 1840s-1920s

… and Vanderbilts—these cottages were magnificent summer homes. Wabanaki Indians (especially Passamaquoddies and Penobscots) came to Mount Desert…

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Norcross Heritage Trust

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1940-1950 - Page 3 of 3

1940-1950 Summer weight suit, ca. 1948Maine Historical Society Limited French fashion influence during the war had the effect of encouraging…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - John Martin's cart, Hampden, ca. 1833

… On page 73 of the journal, he wrote, "During this summer I became a quite a mechanic I made me a cart with hub and spoke wheels and the idea…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Primary and intermediate school, Bangor, 1865

He wrote that the school was built in the summer of 1855 after residents of the area repeatedly petitioned for a school in the neighborhood.

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John Martin: Expert Observer - First balloon ascension, Bangor, 1857

1, 1857, thousands gathered on the circus grounds Summer Street in Bangor to watch the ascension of a yellow silk balloon named "Young America." It…

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Islesboro--An Island in Penobscot Bay - Businesses and Cottage Industries

… were responsible for erecting the large summer homes for wealthy summer residents, who spent two to three months here.

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Islesboro--An Island in Penobscot Bay - Historical Overview

It is now the home base for a local boat yard. Warren Island became a state park in 1959 and is the only State Park that is accessible solely by…

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Islesboro--An Island in Penobscot Bay - Schools

The summer school was often kept by some of the inhabitants’ daughters. The first schools were held in rooms of houses within the district, the…

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Islesboro--An Island in Penobscot Bay - Early Settlements

It was not until the advent of three summer colonies that the horse and buggy became popular. The automobile was banned from the island until 1933.

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Camp Runoia

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Camp Winnebago

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - MDI and the Fire of 1947

The Depression had taken its toll and many of the summer homes were never rebuilt. Remnants of these early homes can still be seen near Bar Harbor.

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Early Maine Photography - Human Interest

Summer Cummings (1800-1848). Born in Waterford, Dr. Cummings graduated from the Medical School of Maine at Bowdoin College in 1823 and practiced…

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Lubec, Maine - Building the Roosevelt Bridge to Campobello - Page 1 of 3

Roosevelt’s long time summer home, lies 10 miles across open ocean from mainland New Brunswick. But a mere 300 yards from the U.S.

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Early Maine Photography - Famous People - Page 3 of 3

… on the porch of his cottage at the popular summer resort of Nahant, Massachusetts. By the time the Philadelphia photographer Frederick Langenheim…

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Poland Spring Preservation Society

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - Catch of the Day: Clamming and Lobstering - Page 1 of 4

… job, some lobstermen operated fishing party boats summer afternoons, taking groups to catch mackerel, pollack, flounder, cod and haddock along the…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1890-1900 - Page 2 of 3

… Bradeen Philpot’s dainty cotton sprig-print 1894 summer wedding dress features large topped sleeves encased in semi-transparent tulle that creates…