R.H.T. Taylor Store in 1882
The Museum in the Streets
Richard Hawley Tucker Taylor was one of 14 children of James and Harriet Taylor. James was an English mariner who emigrated to the United States. He named his son after his employer, Captain Richard H. Tucker, Sr. When James fell on hard times in the early 1840s, Tucker and his wife Mary took in the elder Taylor children and sent them to school when their father could not afford to do so.
R.H.T. Taylor became a well-respected man in town. For over thirty years, he owned a grocery store on the corner of Main and Water Streets. Here, the store is adorned with stars and stripes bunting to celebrate the 4th of July. Taylor also ran an American Express office in the store. He was Town Treasurer several times and a director of the Maine Ship Building and Navigation Co. In 1898, Taylor added an insurance agency to his business. In 1920, he sold the building to a bank and moved to an office in town. He died in 1925. Joseph P. Tucker, Captain Tucker's grandson, was a pallbearer at his funeral.
The couple in the photo is watching the 4th of July Parade, seemingly unaware of the group of young girls just around
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R.H.T. Taylor store with Fourth of July bunting, 1883.
Erected by the Doering Family and Ames True Value Hardware & Supply. (Marker Number 21.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1898.
Location. 44° 0.145′ N, 69° 39.881′ W. Marker is in Wiscasset, Maine, in Lincoln County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 1) east of Middle Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 64 Main Street, Wiscasset ME 04578, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Downtown Stores c. 1892 (here, next to this marker); Wawenock Block • 1858 (a few steps from this marker); Hilton House, 1892 & Sunken Garden, 1904 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nickels-Sortwell House 1807 (about 400 feet away); Boothbay Maine Civil War Monument (approx. 8.9 miles away); All Gave Some, Some Gave All - Vietnam War (approx. 9.6 miles away); Constable William Lawrence (approx. 9.6 miles away); City of Bath (approx. 9.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wiscasset.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Wiscasset, Maine - Museum
Also see . . . Richard H. T. Taylor at Find A Grave. (Submitted on December 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 175 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on April 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.