Peleg Wadsworth, a Revolutionary War veteran, built his brick house on what was then Back Street in Portland just after the Revolution.
At the time, Portland (known as Falmouth) began to develop as the center of economic and commercial activity on what was then the Maine frontier.
This early map of Falmouth Neck depicts the area as the English colonists settled it. It was dominated by forests and swamps, which dwarf the early settlement.
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