By Earl Brechlin

This is often the 3rd in Earl Brechlin's sequence of small books that includes colour reproductions of old postcards. Captions contrary every one historical card describe the photographs, such a lot of which date from 1900 to 1930. The postcards record a number of fascinating destinations, together with previous Orchard seashore, Portland, Pemaquid, Wiscasset, and a number of other lighthouses.

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FORT POPHAM INTENDED TO GUARD THE ENTRANCE TO THE KENNEBEC RIVER, FORT POPHAM’S MASSIVE GRANITE WALLS WERE NEVER FINISHED. THE FORT WAS BEGUN IN 1861 AND MODIFIED DURING THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR. SOLDIERS WERE ALSO STATIONED THERE DURING WWI. NEARBY, AT SABINO HEAD, IS THE SITE OF THE POPHAM COLONY, THE FIRST ENGLISH SETTLEMENT IN NEW ENGLAND. COLONISTS SET FOOT THERE IN AUGUST 1607, JUST A FEW MONTHS AFTER THE FOUNDING OF JAMESTOWN. (THE FRENCH MADE THE FIRST EUROPEAN SETTLEMENT ATTEMPT IN NEW ENGLAND, AT ST.

CRESCENT BEACH ALTHOUGH THIS CARD SAYS “ROCKLAND,” CRESCENT BEACH IS ACTUALLY LOCATED IN PRESENT-DAY OWLS HEAD, ABOUT FIVE MILES FROM DOWNTOWN ROCKLAND. IT WAS A POPULAR BEACHFRONT RESORT, AND A TROLLEY LINE FROM ROCKLAND TO THE BEACH WAS BUILT IN 1905. THE CRESCENT BEACH INN LATER BECAME A DANCE HALL, HOTEL, AND RESTAURANT. THE TOWN OF OWLS HEAD WAS FORMED WHEN THE VILLAGE SPLIT OFF FROM THOMASTON IN A DISPUTE OVER SUPPORT FOR SCHOOLS IN 1921. THE FIRST REGULAR TOWN MEETING WAS HELD IN A PAVILION AT THE BEACH IN 1922.

LESSER CRIMES WERE PUNISHED BY LOCKING THE PERPETRATORS IN STOCKS OR PILLORIES OUTSIDE, OR OCCASIONALLY BY WHIPPING THEM. MORE SERIOUS OFFENDERS WERE HANGED. THE OLD GAOL, AS IT IS NOW CALLED, WAS RESCUED FROM DETERIORATION IN 1900, AND IS CARED FOR BY THE OLD YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY. 6. SURF AT YORK BEACH IMAGINE SWIMMING IN THE OCEAN FULLY CLOTHED, ESPECIALLY WITH WOOL GARMENTS AND HATS! FORTUNATELY FOR THESE BATHERS, SOCIAL MORES CONCERNING “AQUATIC COSTUMES” WERE LOOSENING UP. WOOL WAS GIVING WAY TO FLANNEL, COTTON, MUSLIN, AND LINEN.

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