My Tour of The Spring Point Lighthouse!

LIGHTHOUSES?!? Are you in intrigued by the history behind them? Well I love lighthouses too! Please check me out at I Love ME History for all your history and educational needs! I will be showing you all the places I have feel like have been a huge part of the history in Portland, Maine. My top selections are on lighthouses, cemeteries, and all the way to the mansions of The Greater Portland Area! Follow us on Instagram @ilovemehistory207! Like us on Facebook @ilovemehistory207! Follow us on Twitter @iloveMEhistory!

You will be able to see my latest tour at The Spring Point Lighthouse at the Southern Maine Community College, which is in South Portland, Maine. I believe in giving what people want and that is showing people the history and the educational pieces of what it was like for people like us back in the “olden days”! I think being a history buff is so much fun and you get to learn about the city you’re visiting or living in! Explore away!

Where do you find lighthouses? There everywhere as matter of fact, at least in Maine there is about 70 lighthouses! Regardless of where you adventure to every lighthouse will have its own story! So explore you lighthouse wonders and create a story you will always remember.

 Keep calm and travel on!

 I have a video below of my own personal tour of The Spring Point Lighthouse in South Portland, Maine at the SMCC campus!

The 3 Most Historical Cemeteries of The Greater Portland Area!

Do you get scared easily? How do you feel about cemeteries? Historical cemeteries are the most interesting, educational, and a little spooky with a twist!

I am going to be discussing the three most historical cemeteries in The Greater Portland Area. I believe that cemeteries have a lot of valuable information when it comes to the history of our beloved city of Portland, Maine.

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Fun Fact: The Eastern Cemetery the oldest historic landscape in Portland, Maine.

 1.Eastern Cemetery

The Eastern Cemetery was established in 1668, the Eastern Cemetery is located at 224 Congress Street in Portland, Maine. The oldest historic landscape in the city, the cemetery is home to around 4,000 interred.

In 1890, a map and survey of the cemetery was done by William A. Goodwin. In 1990, this survey was updated by historian William Jordan and a map was also created during this time.

There is a link below of the map of The Eastern Cemetery:

http://www.portlandmaine.gov/documentcenter/view/1685

 Cemetery Grounds Hours:

January-December: Open 24 hours.

 2.Evergreen Cemetery

 Evergreen Cemetery is a garden style cemetery in the Deering neighborhood of Portland, Maine. There are 239 acres of land, it is the largest cemetery in the state. It was established in 1855 in what was then Westbrook, Maine. The cemetery is home to one of the state’s most impressive collections of funerary art.

The cemetery was designed by Charles H. Howe as a rural landscape with winding carriage paths, ponds, footbridges, gardens, chapel, funerary art, and sculpture. It also includes extensive wooded wetlands. Approximately 65,000 people are buried in Evergreen Cemetery. Evergreen was modeled after America’s first rural cemetery, the Evergreen Cemetery is located at 672 Stevens Ave, Portland, ME 04103.

Improvements Timeline

◦1893 – The present cemetery office was built.

◦1902 – Wilde Chapel was built.

◦1970s – Walking trails were added in the undeveloped area towards the rear of the grounds.

 There is a link below of the map of The Evergreen Cemetery:

http://www.friendsofevergreen.org/wp-content/uploads/graphics/EvergreenPointsOfInterest.pdf

 Cemetery Grounds Hours:

April – November: Open every day: 8:00A.M.-6:30P.M.

November – April: Open every day: 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

 3.Western Cemetery

Founded in 1829 the Western Cemetery of Portland is the last resting place for veterans of the Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War and WWI, several Maine historic figures and Portland’s poorest citizens. It is currently home to a pair of red tailed hawks and a nesting place for many song birds. Raccoons, skunks, possums, groundhogs and squirrels also make their home there.

It is often referred to as one of Maine’s most neglected cemeteries. Due to its location is has been the target of many vandals over the years. The loss of the cemetery’s master plan in the Great Fire of 1866 has left the question of just who is buried there and where, unanswered, which it’s location is at 2 Vaughan Street Portland, Maine (Western Promenade). I did a little bit of digging myself to see who could have been some of the notable burials in this cemetery:

  • Elijah Kellogg: Congregationalist minister, lecturer and author of popular boy’s adventure books.
  • Samuel Longfellow: Clergyman and hymn writer.
  • Stephen Longfellow: Congressman from Massachusetts, father of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
  • Prentiss Mellen: First Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court.
  • Albion Parris: Fifth Governor of Maine, Senator from Maine, Mayor of Portland.

This blog is intended to bring attention to this beautiful, peaceful and neglected place. If you are a visitor to Portland, Maine it is worth the trip to find your way to the cemetery to enjoy a stroll or picnic. Though it is has fallen under hard times the cemetery remains one of the most beautiful places in the City of Portland, Maine.

There is a link below of the map of The Western Cemetery: 

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Cemetery Grounds Hours:

April – November: Open every day: 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

November – April: Open every day: 8:00A.M.-6:30P.M.

 

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The History of Mansions in The Greater Portland Area!

Do you fantasize about living in a gorgeous vintage mansion? Do you ever think about the history of these old mansions from back in the day? This blog will inspire your wildest dreams and more…

I am going to blog about two of the most known mansions of The Greater Portland Area, which are the Victorian Mansion and the Goddard Mansion.

1. Victorian Mansion

The Victorian Mansion is also known as, the Morse-Libby House, it was built between 1858 and 1860 as a summer home for Ruggles Sylvester Morse, a Maine native who made his fortune in New Orleans as the proprietor of luxury hotels. The quality and preservation of its interiors makes the Victoria Mansion an unparalleled example of pre-Civil War history.

 Ruggles Sylvester Morse died in 1893 and the following year his widow sold the house with most of its furnishings to J.R. Libby, a prominent dry goods merchant. The Libby family preserved the original decor and made few changes to the property. They occupied it until about 1929. After a hurricane damaged it in 1938. The future of the Victorian Mansion was endangered. In 1940 it was scheduled to be demolished and replaced by a gas station.

At this crucial moment, retired educator Dr. William H. Holmes purchased the property to save it. So help by his sister, Clara Holmes, he opened the building to the public in 1941 as a museum in honor of Queen Victoria. In 1943, the Society of Maine Women of Achievement was incorporated to assume control of the site. Now, known as Victoria Mansion, Inc. this non-profit organization owns and operates the building as a historic house museum. Victoria Mansion was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970.

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Location:

109 Danforth Street Portland, ME 04101

Hours:

Christmas Season Hours- November 25, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Tuesday-Sunday 11A.M.-4:30P.M.; Mondays 11A.M.-6:30P.M.

(Closed: Christmas Day& New Year’s Day)

Price:

Adults: $15.00 Senior Citizens (62 and over): $13.50 AAA Members: $13.50 Students (age 6-17): $5.00 Under 6: Free Family Rate*: $35.00 College Students (with valid ID): $7.00 Active Military (with valid ID): Free Victorian Mansion Members: Free (*Family Rate applies to two adults of the same household and up to five children age 6-17 )

 

2.Goddard Mansion

The Goddard Mansion was designed and built by noted New York architect Charles A. Alexander for local businessman John Goddard, he was a volunteer army colonel at the start of the Civil War in 1861. Acquired by the army in 1900, the mansion was used as NCO Quarters (non-commissioned officers/sergeants), and later included an NCO Club. It deteriorated by the time of the town’s acquisition in 1962, the interior debris was burned in a controlled fire in the 1980’s, and the walls were fenced off in 2009 to keep the public safe from entering.

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Location:

1000 Shore Road Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

Hours:

Fort Williams Park is open year round from sunrise to sunset.

Price:

There is no admission fee although donations are appreciated.

I should say both of these historical mansions are gorgeous from the inside and out no matter the condition they are in today. It’s all about the history and value in these mansions that are so precious and amazing. I recommend both of these historical mansions as bucket list items.

 

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Gardens Aglow

          The holiday season has officially arrived in Boothbay, ME! Along with the Coastal Maine Botanical gardens putting on their 2nd annual “Gardens Aglow” event, the whole town and harbor has businesses and residents putting up lights on their property to greet the traffic coming in to see the gardens a warm welcome into the region.


Driving into the entrance, you’ll start out on a small dirt road leading into the gardens, eventually, you’ll start to see signs for parking and registration/ticket purchasing for the event. Park your car and walk over to the main house where you’ll be welcomed by staff and given a 
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k sticker after checking in as a pass, a map is given of the pathway through the gardens which also marks out food vendors along the way which include s’mores, hot cocoa and freshly made kettle corn. You’ll also see fairy houses along the paths which can be marked down on your map handout and returned at the main house for a prize.

The event takes place from 4-9 pm Thursday-Sundays up until December 31st. Getting
there right at 4 not only
beats the traffic rush that comes up, but gives you a nice sunset view on a clear evening. Check in at the desk and make your way down.

The garden was decorated all with lights on all the small flowers and trees, there were some small houses decorated along the outskirts of the garden area with lights in the inside lighting up small dining rooms and other scenes you can check out at different spots. The center of the garden had a small pond with islands you could walk out to. There was a small wooden bridge I walked out on and it was like a tunnel of lights along with the sky above giving off a dusk look which made the view a fun experience to see.

After walking around the rest of the gardens covered with lights, We walked over to the far end which had tall pine trees covered in lines

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Overlooking the gardens with clouds in the sky

of lights going up the trunks and all over the branches. If you had seen James Cameron’s Avatar in the theaters, you would’ve thought you just landed on Pandora and was looking at the Tree Of Life. After walking through the pine trees, we made our way back to the main house/entrance.

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Pine trees just like on Pandora

Walking back to the entrance, you cross a few bridges looking across the whole area which makes a great photo opportunity for family pictures or just a picture of all of the lights. Getting back to the entrance, you feel like you’re on a different planet when you enter and when you leave, you may end up saying that you’ve never seen anything like it, it brings in new tourists to the region and makes the town alive as if it were the summer season! Being a local here in Boothbay, I can say that the gardens have really impressed me along with all of the properties on the way to the gardens and around the harbor have really made the town become a destination for the holidays, If you’re looking for a light show to bring the kids or family this holiday season, I highly recommend the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens for Gardens Aglow!  

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Shopaholic fever?

Check out these awesome shops in Camden, Maine.

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                      Enjoy the vibrant colors at this woman’s boutique featuring some of the finest casual cotton clothing.

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                        Who doesn’t love leather? Enjoy many belts, wallets, handbags, hats, jackets, and more to choose from. The leather bench features name brands and local products. 

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                        Enjoy a lovely book with a nice hot chai tea at this Camden favorite book store.  

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                        Take a blast into the past and enjoy childhood memories. Experience all of your favorite childhood books and toys at this awesome toy store. 

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                             Get all of your pets favorite treats and toys at this local hot spot, All of your furry friends are welcomed here. 

The Smiling Cow

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                              Enjoy unique, one of a kind gifts made by many local Mainers. Make sure to try one of the many kinds of fudge they have to offer. 

All shops are located on Bayview Street and Main Street in Camden, Maine. 

Places to Eat and Drink

With only a handful of selections, all the places to eat and drink are located right off the ferry.

The best sequence of stops in one day, listed in order of first open, last open,  would look like this: stop into the cafe for coffee/ tea and breakfast while you get involved in a jigsaw puzzle, for lunch stop into Hannigan’s for a deli sandwich and chat it up with the deli boy about the best things to do on the island, the Cockeyed Gull for dinner and a beverage, The Island House for a beverage and the sunset, The Inn for dessert, and finish the night at the Legion with a beverage and some competitive pool with the local trouble makers.

Lisa’s Peaks Cafe

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You can get Coffee by Design coffee at the cafe from the first boat until around 2 pm daily, Sunday and holidays it opens later and closes around noon. The cafe also has a breakfast and lunch menu. Thankfully, it is open year round, offering solace in the form of jigsaw puzzles and community.

The Inn on Peaks Island

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The Inn is well known for its delicious food, luxury rooms, and as a place to host weddings.

Their gluten free chocolate cake is divine.

The Peaks Island House

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The Island House is known for its key location overlooking the water and city. The smallest bar out of all the restaurants, maybe 4 bar stools.

The Cockeyed Gull

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This restaurant and bar is open year round from 3 pm until 8 pm, more hours in the summer. It boasts an ocean and city view, and is one of the best locations to experience Portland’s spectacular sunset. Their menu is full of unique flavors, in the summer they have a watermelon salad.

The American Legion

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On those cold bitter winter nights of isolation on an island, The American Legion is a cozy welcome that gifts the feeling that you are doing something although you aren’t.

It hosts a a jukebox, pool table, dart board, and a couple of televisions for entertainment. The two television sets are usually set to sports games, but you can request your favorite sitcom if you are the only one at the bar, any weekday after 7 pm is very quiet. I have been known to frequent here for a midnight snack of milk and Oreo cookies in the winter. They don’t cook food, only snacks. The weekends are the busiest days especially in the summer.

Hannigan’s Market

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It is vital to know that the market offers coffee throughout the day in the case that the cafe is closed. They also are the only suppliers of oven baked pizza located behind the deli counter. Although I don’t eat deli sandwiches, they have a good variety, and usually make a lunch special.

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Peaks Island Skatepark

In 2012, when I first moved to the island, I remember that a skateboard park was constructed on a flat of cement right near Battery Steele. I also remember thinking how odd of a place to have a skateboard park: on a dirt road in the midst of a wooded area, on an island! 

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Sometime in early 2015,”The call to demolish the skate park came from the Peaks Island Land Preserve, a nonprofit conservation group. The preserve holds a conservation easement on the land where the skate park was built and its president, John Whitman, wrote a letter to the city in February calling for it to be taken down.” After it was decided to demolish it, the city allowed for it to stay for the entire summer season. 

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 Shortly after there was a decision made to demolish the park, local skateboarders and supporters began planning and funding for a new park. The skate ramp has recently been moved to the new skateboard park location.

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The new location is not very far from the old location, guess one could say that anywhere on the island. It is down Brackett, take a left to the community Garden at Trott-Little John Park.  

Here is the current fundraising page: http://www.peaksislandskatepark.org/

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