Wawenock Block • 1858
The Museum in the Streets
Alexander Johnston, Jr. designed and named this commercial building after the Wawenocks, a band of the Penobscots, Native Americans who lived in this area for many years before the first English settlements. Local builder Henry Bragdon completed the block in 1858.
By 1891, the block was fully occupied. The Wiscasset Savings Bank, established in 1866 promoting a "very strong incentive toward the formation of prudent habits", was on the second floor. Barbers (or hair dressers as they were called then), possibly Nute Rines and Wilbur Merrill, can be seen here looking out the window next to their poles. F. E. Johnson Druggist and E.T. Dana Hardware were on the street level next to Charles B. Seekins' "One Price" dry goods store.
Frank Johnson sold patent medicines, chemicals, paint, varnish, lead and sundries. He advertised 25 years experience compounding remedies. Johnson's Invigorator and Blood Purifier was said to permanently to [sic] cure headache, jaundice, heart palpitations and blood disease. It contained "Yellow Dock, Dandelion Root, Peruvian Bark, Black Cherry, Gold Thread and Sarsaparilla." The large mortar and pestle on the street in front of the shop proclaimed the success of his business.
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• Wawenock Block, c. 1891.
• Beaslee Pharmacy, c. 1906.
Location. 44° 0.146′ N, 69° 39.888′ 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: 72 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); R.H.T. Taylor Store in 1882 (a few steps from this marker); Hilton House, 1892 & Sunken Garden, 1904 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nickels-Sortwell House 1807 (about 400 feet away); 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wiscasset.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Wiscasset, Maine - Museum in the Streets
Also see . . . "Wiscasset ‘Museum in the Streets’ announces app" (Wiscasset Newspaper 2017). (Submitted on December 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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