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Winter Harbor in Hancock County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Fires Changed the Face of Winter Harbor Again & Again

 
 
Fires Changed the Face of Winter Harbor Again & Again Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel
1. Fires Changed the Face of Winter Harbor Again & Again Marker
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Fires were all too common in the days of open flames, wood stoves, candles, and oil lamps. Bucket brigades and hand-pump fire engines were often not enough. Fires reshaped Winter Harbor in 1887, 1891, 1902, 1915, 1922, and 1931. Yet determined residents rebuilt the town each time, meeting local needs for essentials of the day. They re-erected stores which sold everything from groceries to apparel, hardware, plumbing supplies, livery, and even luxuries such as women's hats.

To spot buildings built after the major fires, look for flat-fronted facades which replaced the traditional peaked roofs of earlier times.

June, 1891 Fire: The luxurious Beacon Hotel [above] with its shady porches and turreted rooms towered above Inner Harbor. It was taken by fire at the start of its fourth season. In under 3 hours the hotel was gone.

July, 1902 Fire: A mighty blaze started at 1:30 am at the Schoodic Inn and ultimately consumed the 1888 Tracy Block/F.D. Foster's Store [right] which was located near 368 Main Street], the Schoodic Inn, a livery stable and a private home.

November, 1922 Fire [above]
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On the side of the street with the A.B. Whitehouse store, [bottom photo], most of the buildings erupted in flames. Undaunted, local store owners immediately set about rebuilding.

The A.B. Whitehouse Store [right] at 349 Main Street burned in 1922. [See photo at top right, after the fire] The Sunday afternoon fire started when a small oil burner was left burning upstairs.

Main Street after fire in June,1915 that burned the, newly-rebuilt Tracy-Bunker block - which itself replaced buildings destroyed by fire in July, 1902.

To learn more, visit www.schoodicbyway.org

Winter Harbor Site-prepared for MaineDOT by Nancy Montgomery Design Photos: Winter Harbor Historical Society with the help of Neil Buffet, Details from Ironbound Books' Musquito Harbor by Allan Smallidge
 
Erected by Maine Department of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1891.
 
Location. 44° 23.54′ N, 68° 5.251′ W. Marker is in Winter Harbor, Maine, in Hancock County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Harbor Road, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winter Harbor ME 04693, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
Fires Changed the Face of Winter Harbor Again & Again Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, October 17, 2021
2. Fires Changed the Face of Winter Harbor Again & Again Marker
. Discover Architectural Gems in a DownEast Village (here, next to this marker); Lighthouses Warned Ships of Danger Down East (approx. ¼ mile away); Karl A. Jacobson (approx. 1.3 miles away); Connected by Water (approx. 2 miles away); Gouldsboro Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.1 miles away); When the ocean was the great highway for travel (approx. 3.1 miles away); Down East Lights (approx. 3.1 miles away); Gouldsboro Town Park (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winter Harbor.
 
Also see . . .  Winter Harbor, Maine (Wikipedia). (Submitted on October 25, 2021, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 18, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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