An Ornament to the City / Un joyau de la ville
The Museum in the Streets
In 1856, James North built Meonian Hall, named for Maeonia in Asia Minor. The Italianate building stood on the site of the Burton House, Augusta's first post office in 1789. During the Civil War, patriotic rallies and civic meetings were held, and soldiers and civilians alike enjoyed theatrical productions like The Brides of Garryowen and Mazeppa with R. E. J. Miles and Min-ne-ha-ha, the "highly trained horse." Noted African-American abolitionist Frederick Douglass spoke at Meonian Hall on April 1, 1864, a year before the Civil War ended. Burned in the Great Fire of 1865, Meonian was soon rebuilt. It burned again in 1904, but like a phoenix rising from the ashes, it was rebuilt immediately, making the current structure the third Meonian Hall.
En 1856, James North construisit Meonian Hall, nommé en l'honneur de Maeonia en Asie Mineure. Le bâtiment de style italianisant se trouvait sur le site de Burton House, la première poste d'Augusta en 1789. Pendant la Guerre de Sécession, des ralliements patriotiques et réunions civiques y eurent lieu, et soldats et civils appréciaient les productions théâtrales comme The Brides of Garryowen et Mazeppa avec R. E. J. Miles et Min-ne-ha-ha, le "cheval bien dressé." Le célèbre abolitionniste afro-américain Frederic Douglas fit un discours à Meonian
Erected by Augusta Historic Preservation Commission, Kennebec Savings Bank, the Maine Community Foundation, and Lipman, Katz & McKee P.A. (Marker Number 26.)
Location. 44° 18.97′ N, 69° 46.434′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Marker is on Water Street north of Oak Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 218 Water Street, Augusta ME 04330, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Fort Western on the Kennebec (within shouting distance of this marker); D.W. Adams Department Store / Le grand magasin de D.W. Adams (within shouting distance of this marker); A New Look for Water Street / Un nouvel arrivant dans Water Street (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Fire / Le Grand incendie (within shouting distance of this marker); They Were Superior Buildings / Des bâtiments pittoresques (within shouting distance of this marker); Augusta's Publishing Empire / L'empire de l'édition à Augusta (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Market Square / La place du Marché (about 500 feet away); Steamboat Landing / L'embarquement des bateaux à vapeur (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
Also see . . . The Museum in the Streets Tour Map, Augusta, Maine. (Submitted on December 9, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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