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Wiscasset in Lincoln County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

R.H.T. Taylor Store in 1882

The Museum in the Streets

 
 
R.H.T. Taylor Store in 1882 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
1. R.H.T. Taylor Store in 1882 Marker
Inscription.

Richard Hawley Tucker Taylor was one of 14 children of James and Harriet Taylor. James was an English mariner who emigrated to the United States. He named his son after his employer, Captain Richard H. Tucker, Sr. When James fell on hard times in the early 1840s, Tucker and his wife Mary took in the elder Taylor children and sent them to school when their father could not afford to do so.

R.H.T. Taylor became a well-respected man in town. For over thirty years, he owned a grocery store on the corner of Main and Water Streets. Here, the store is adorned with stars and stripes bunting to celebrate the 4th of July. Taylor also ran an American Express office in the store. He was Town Treasurer several times and a director of the Maine Ship Building and Navigation Co. In 1898, Taylor added an insurance agency to his business. In 1920, he sold the building to a bank and moved to an office in town. He died in 1925. Joseph P. Tucker, Captain Tucker's grandson, was a pallbearer at his funeral.

The couple in the photo is watching the 4th of July Parade, seemingly unaware of the group of young girls just around the corner in front of the Pool Room sign.

[Photo caption reads]
R.H.T. Taylor store with Fourth of July bunting, 1883.
 
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R.H.T. Taylor Store in 1882 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
2. R.H.T. Taylor Store in 1882 Marker
the Doering Family and Ames True Value Hardware & Supply. (Marker Number 21.)
 
Location. 44° 0.145′ N, 69° 39.881′ W. Marker is in Wiscasset, Maine, in Lincoln County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 1) east of Middle Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 64 Main Street, Wiscasset ME 04578, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Downtown Stores c. 1892 (here, next to this marker); Wawenock Block 1858 (a few steps from this marker); Boothbay Maine Civil War Monument (approx. 8.9 miles away); All Gave Some, Some Gave All - Vietnam War (approx. 9.6 miles away); Constable William Lawrence (approx. 9.6 miles away); City of Bath (approx. 9.7 miles away); a different marker also named City of Bath (approx. 9.7 miles away); Bath Street Clock (approx. 9.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wiscasset.
 
Also see . . .  Richard H. T. Taylor at Find A Grave. (Submitted on December 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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