Downtown Stores c. 1892
The Museum in the Streets
19th-early 20th century downtown Wiscasset provided for all your basic needs and more. In 1898, there were 11 grocers, 3 doctors, 2 apothecaries, 3 fancy and dry goods stores, 2 hardware stores, 4 dressmakers, 2 hair dressers, a telephone company, a telegraph office, an American Express office and several banks. By 1905, there was even a Billiard Hall.
Old men and boys sat outside the shops and watched the world go by. Retired seaman Fred Bean, seen here c. 1900 in his horse-drawn wagons, transported heavy freight around town and ran an early garbage collection service. W.S. Peaslee's apothecary shop sold the latest Kodak cameras and equipment with their bottles of tonic. D.A. Campbell's market promoted fruits, a confectionery, cigars and tobacco with their groceries.
F.S. Perkins Market sold meats and groceries for over 25 years. Here is Ezra Perkins in his butcher's coat around 1913, standing outside the family store while his son Foster is off to make deliveries. Next door, Dickinson's advertises "Meats & Provisions" and Fels-Naptha, a laundry soap that could also remove poison ivy resin and insects
The stores in downtown Wiscasset will change as times change, but they will always be a vital part of village life.
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• Foster Perkins delivering groceries, c. 1915.
• Fred Bean with wagons, c. 1900.
Erected by the Doering Family and Ames True Value Hardware & Supply. (Marker Number 20.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1898.
Location. 44° 0.145′ N, 69° 39.883′ 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: 68 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. R.H.T. Taylor Store in 1882 (here, next to this marker); Wawenock Block • 1858 (here, next to 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.
Also see . . . Town of Wiscasset historic and prehistoric overview. (Submitted on December 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 12 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.