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Augusta in Kennebec County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Majestic House / Une demeure majestueuse

The Museum in the Streets

 
 
Majestic House / Une demeure majestueuse Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
1. Majestic House / Une demeure majestueuse Marker
Inscription.

Constructed facing the Kennebec River in 1799 by Arthur Lithgow, this majestic Federal style dwelling in 1807 became home to Reuel Williams, one of Augusta's most prominent nineteenth century citizen. The 14-room house featured an octagonal shaped south parlor where French wallpaper depicting the voyages of Captain Cook graced the walls. The house provided a fitting place for Williams and his wife, the former Sarah Cony, to raise their nine children. President James K. Polk and future President James Buchanan were guests here while on an 1847 New England tour. Upon Sarah's death in 1867, the house passed to the youngest daughter, Ann, and later to succeeding generations. The mansion was demolished in 1950 to make way for construction of the Memorial Bridge and traffic circle.

Construite face au fleuve Kennebec en 1799 par Arthur Lithgow, cette habitation majestueuse de style fédéral devint en 1807 la résidence de Reuel Williams, l'un des citoyens d'Augusta les plus éminents au dix-neuvième siècle. Cette maison de 14 pièces jouissait d'un salon de forme octogonale au sud où des papiers peints français illustrant les voyages du Capitaine Cook ornaient les murs. C'était un endroit de rêve où Williams et sa femme élevèrent leurs neuf enfants. Le président James K. Polk et le futur Président James Buchanan

Majestic House/Une demeure majestueuse & Riverside Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
2. Majestic House/Une demeure majestueuse & Riverside Markers
Looking SE across Cony Circle
y furent invités en 1847 lors d'une tournée en Nouvelle Angleterre. A la mort de Sarah en 1867, ce fut d'abord la cadette, Ann, qui hérita de la maison, puis des héritiers successifs. La maisons fut démolie en 1950 pour faire place au rond point et au pont Memorial Bridge.
 
Erected by Augusta Historic Preservation Commission, Kennebec Savings Bank, and the Maine Community Foundation. (Marker Number 6.)
 
Location. 44° 18.994′ N, 69° 46.097′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Marker is at the intersection of Cony Street and Bangor Street (U.S. 201/202), on the right when traveling west on Cony Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Cony Circle, Augusta ME 04330, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Riverside: Temple of Peace / Le Temple de la Paix (here, next to this marker); Strive to Excel! / Vive L'Excellence ! (was here, next to this marker but has been reported missing. ); Sousa the nonpariel / L'incomparable Souza (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Comfort Magazine / Le Magazine Comfort (about 700 feet away); First Kennebec Bridge / Le premier pont du Kennebec (about 800 feet away); Old Fort Western / Le vieux Fort Western (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birds and Fish of the Kennebec (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gunshots Reverberate on the Kennebec / Des coups de fusil résonnent sur le fleuve Kennebec (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
 
Also see . . .
1. Reuel Williams Bio. (Submitted on December 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Reuel Williams, 1783-1862. (Submitted on December 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Reuel Williams Congressional Bio. (Submitted on December 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Museum in the Streets Tour Map, Augusta, Maine. (Submitted on December 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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