Belfast in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Belfast Historian's Home / La Maison Williamson
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The Williamson House was built in 1845 for prominent Belfast lawyer, businessman, and State Senator Joseph Williamson. It was later the house of his son, Joseph Williamson, Jr., who followed in his father's footsteps as a country lawyer. Joseph Williamson, Jr. is best known for writing The History of the City of Belfast, Maine, in two volumes. In 1853, he administered the oath of office to the first mayor, Ralph C. Johnson (panel #19), under the newly adopted City Charter. The Captain Ephraim McFarland house, to the left of the Williamson house, was built in 1799, and is considered to be the oldest remaining house on the west side of the harbor. During the war of 1812, British General Gerard Gosselin stayed in the house for six days while his 600 troops occupied the town (photo c. 1900).
Erected 2004 by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number 6.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Education War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the The Museum in the Streets®: Belfast, Maine series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1845.
Location. 44° 25.368′ N, 69° 0.051′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker is on High Street south of Peach Street, on the left. The Marker faces the sidewalk on the east side of High Street, across from the house. 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. The James P. White House / La maison de James P. White (approx. 0.2 miles away); Regal Passenger Steamer / Un paquebot à vapeur majestueux (approx. 0.2 miles away); On this site (approx. ¼ mile away); Civil War Hero / Héros de la guerre de sécession (approx. ¼ mile away); Five-Masted Beauty / Une beauté à cinq mâts (approx. ¼ mile away); The Oldest Manufacturer / Le plus ancien fabricant (approx. ¼ mile away); Broiler Capital of the World / Capitale du poulet rôti (approx. ¼ mile away); A Benevolent Bequest / Un legs généreux (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
More about this marker. Marker #6 (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 502 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 11, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Transcripton of the French text. • Can you help?