Belfast in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Civil War Hero / Héros de la guerre de sécession
— The Museum in the Streets —
Colonel Philo Hersey, born in Canton, Maine, came to Belfast in 1861. He entered Civil War service as a captain in the 26th Maine Regiment. Severely wounded at the battle of Irish Bend, Louisiana, he returned to Belfast and in 1865 married Arabella Johnson. He and his family lived in this house for 20 years. Hersey was a man of many talents--teacher, soldier, merchant, lawyer, commander of the GAR post, state representative--and in 1875 built the shoe factory (panel #1). He left Belfast for California in 1885, where he started a successful fruit business, but returned to Belfast for Civil War veteran's reunions. An interesting note: In 1858, Arabella Johnson's family hosted the future Confederacy president Jefferson Davis in their home to the right of the Hersey house.
Erected 2004 by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number 9.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • War, US Civil The Museum in the Streets®: Belfast, Maine series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1861.
Location. 44° 25.448′ N, 69° 0.316′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street, on the right when traveling west on Church Street. Marker faces sidewalk between Miller & Pearl Streets. 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. Education First and Foremost / L'éducation, d'abord et surtout (within shouting distance of this marker); A Benevolent Bequest / Un legs généreux (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Church (about 500 feet away); The Opera House / L'Opéra (about 700 feet away); Belfast, Maine (about 700 feet away); Post Office Square / La place de la poste (about 700 feet away); Downtown Main Street / La rue principale en centre-ville (about 700 feet away); The Windsor Hotel / L'Hôtel Windsor (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
More about this marker. Marker #9 (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 650 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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. Transcription of the French text. • Can you help?