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  • Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester

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Welcome to the Maine Historic Preservation Commission

The Commission is the State Historic Preservation Office for the State of Maine.

It is the policy of the State to preserve the architectural, historic and environmental heritage of the people of the State, and to develop and promote the cultural, educational and economic benefits of these resources...

— Maine State Legislature, 1971


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Present at Statehood: Maine's 200-Year Old Built Heritage

To commemorate Maine’s bicentennial, this rotating exhibit will highlight historic properties that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places and that were in existence when statehood was attained in 1820. A different property will be featured each weekday during the bicentennial year.  The photographs and most of the narratives were written by Amanda Taylor, John Taylor, Erin Ware, and Kate Willis, of Kleinfelder.  Additional narratives were prepared by Alexander Berardo.  This project was funded through a grant from the Maine Bicentennial Commission.

Dennysville Historic District - Dennysville, Washington County

The Dennysville Historic District is primarily a grouping of nineteenth-century buildings, mostly residences, but includes a church, library, former academy (now museum), legion hall, and former inn. The district runs along the western shore of the Dennys River roughly two miles north of the Dennys Bay. Located in a remote part of the state, Dennysville was founded soon after the American Revolution. Early settlement was difficult, but with plentiful timber and close proximity to the river, the lumber industry began to thrive. The structures built during the mid-nineteenth century, including the church and academy, are evidence of lumbering's economic influence. Though mills discontinued operation, the historic structures remained intact as Dennysville became solely a residential area. Boundaries of the district include the oldest part of the community and spans to include buildings constructed the end of the nineteenth century. All told, the district holds a large percentage of contributing buildings with only three constructed after 1900.

Year Listed: 1980

For more information: https://npgallery.nps.gov/NRHP/AssetDetail/028c30ae-1f44-46f0-bf48-a5423adeae0a

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