Belfast in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
The Windsor Hotel / L'Hôtel Windsor
— The Museum in the Streets —
By the mid-19th Century Belfast was becoming a popular destination for travelers. The Windsor Hotel, originally built as a private home in 1807, was enlarged to accommodate the influx of guests and lodgers. First known as the New England House, it was renamed the Windsor Hotel in 1885. In 1935, the Colonial Inn, far right, served the first legalized liquor in its "cocktail room" at the repeal of Prohibition. The entire complex was destroyed by two separate fires in 1958 and 1960.
Donald O. Robbins is perhaps the most photographed man in Belfast. This was taken in 1908 when he was 48 years old, 45 inches tall, and he weighted 47 pounds. Despite his small stature he served as the Windsor Hotel's bell boy, head bouncer and pool room manager.
Erected 2004 by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number 3.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Industry & Commerce. The Museum in the Streets®: Belfast, Maine series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1807.
Location. 44° 25.568′ N, 69° 0.373′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker is on High Street east of Main Street, on the right when traveling west. The marker is attached to the side of a building. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belfast ME 04915, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Main and High / Au carrefour de main et de high (within shouting distance of this marker); The Circus Comes to Town / Le cirque arrive ! (within shouting distance of this marker); Belfast, Maine (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Opera House / L'Opéra (about 400 feet away); Post Office Square / La place de la poste (about 400 feet away); Downtown Main Street / La rue principale en centre-ville (about 400 feet away); Belfast City Hall / L'Hôtel de Ville de Belfast (about 500 feet away); A Benevolent Bequest / Un legs généreux (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
More about this marker. Marker #3 (of 30) in "The Museum in the Streets". The text on the Marker is in English, followed by a French translation.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 575 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 11, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.