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Camden and Rockport Revisited Camden-Rockport Historical Society

Camden and Rockport Revisited

Camden-Rockport Historical Society

Published May 18th 2015
ISBN : 9781467123143
Paperback
128 pages
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The towns of Camden and Rockport have had a rich, intertwined history since the first settlements in the mid-1700s. Until 1891, they were one town, built on the abundant natural resources of coastal Maine. Many residents in the early 19th centuryMoreThe towns of Camden and Rockport have had a rich, intertwined history since the first settlements in the mid-1700s. Until 1891, they were one town, built on the abundant natural resources of coastal Maine. Many residents in the early 19th century were farmers that carved out a living from the soil, or fishermen that harvested the teeming waters of Penobscot Bay. As the towns grew, successful industries were established that sustained the communities through the mid-20th century. These included fishing, textile mills, lime manufacturing, an anchor factory, and shipbuilding. Majestic schooners were built in the shipyards, and businesses such as the Bay View House hotel, S.B. Haskells clothing store, numerous livery stables and harness shops, Joseph Brewsters Shirt Manufactory, and Knowlton Brothers Foundry lined the main thoroughfares. In Rockport, the Shepherd Company supplied lime, and the Rockport Ice Company cut ice on Lily Pond to be shipped as far as the Caribbean. These tight-knit villages, nestled where the mountains meet the sea, weathered fires and wars, celebrated the launches of massive sailing vessels, and welcomed summer rusticators who helped form a lasting legacy of arts, culture, and learning that continues to draw visitors today.