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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Freeport in Cumberland County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)

Harrington House

Harrington House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Doran Howitt, August 23, 2022
1. Harrington House Marker
Harrington House, the headquarters of the Freeport Historical Society, was built in 1830 by Freeport merchant Enoch Harrington for his bride, Eliza. It was once part of a 14-acre parcel that included extensive gardens and orchards across the street and behind the carriage barn, which the society now leases out as retail space and parking. The house was constructed with locally made brick and local granite in a transitional Greek Revival style, with a wooden fan over the main entrance that harkens back to the earlier Federal style.

Enoch Harrington died in 1848, and for a period in the 1880s his widow Eliza rented the house. Lydia and Isaac Fogg owned the property in the late 1800s, and rented several rooms to boarders. For over five decades in the twentieth century, state legislator and prominent citizen Levi Patterson and his wife Nettie lived in the house. They rented some of the second floor and attic rooms to shoe factory workers during this period. Miss Helen Randall, a local artist who died in 1976, was the last individual to own the property, which the Freeport Historical Society acquired in 1977 through the generosity
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of Eleanor H. Smith.

In 1988 the Freeport Historical Society undertook an extensive project to restore the house and its significant historic features. It retains most of its original interior design and finishes, and stands today as a reminder of a quieter time for Freeport's Main Street.

Freeport Historical Society presents rotating exhibitions and programs at Harrington House, and its library and archives are available for research by students, genealogists, scholars and others, by appointment. The society also owns Pettengill Farm, a saltwater farm just outside town.
Erected by Freeport Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1830.
Location. 43° 51.381′ N, 70° 6.288′ W. Marker is in Freeport, Maine, in Cumberland County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 1) south of Mill Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 45 Maine Street, Freeport ME 04032, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. B.H. Bartol Library Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Derosier’s Market (approx. 0.2 miles away); Freeport Maine Civil War Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); The Desert of Maine
Harrington House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Doran Howitt, August 23, 2022
2. Harrington House Marker
(approx. 2.6 miles away); Round-the-World Flight 1924 (approx. 4½ miles away); Robinson Memorial Gate (approx. 7.8 miles away); Androscoggin Swinging Bridge (approx. 7.8 miles away); Bowdoin College War Memorial (approx. 7.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Freeport.
Also see . . .  Freeport Historical Society. (Submitted on August 31, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Harrington House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Doran Howitt, August 23, 2022
3. Harrington House
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2022, by D Howitt of Bergen County, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 23, 2022, by D Howitt of Bergen County, New Jersey. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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