Thomaston in Knox County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Thomaston Historical Timeline
Capt. Geo. Waymouth explores and names the St. Georges River
To trade with Indians native to area post built near Wadsworth St. Bridge
St. Georges River is boundary between the French and English territories
Two blockhouses built at foot of Knox Street as first settlement known as Lincoln
1st lime kiln built
1st log schoolhouse on Bank between Knox and Wadsworth Streets
Oliver Robbins builds 1st wood framed dwelling
Mason Wheaton arrives with new settlers. Becomes a leader in the early development of Thomaston
War of Independence begins
Town of Thomaston incorporated
First recorded vessel built in Thomaston by Capt. Elisha Snow for lime transport
Maj.-Gen. Henry Knox, 1st Secretary of War, settles at his estate, “Montpelier”
1st Post Office est., at Mill River
Congregational Mtg. House built on High St.
1st Social Library est.
Thomaston Mall est.
1st Thomaston Free Masonry Lodge est.
Commitee [sic] of Safety est. for War of 1812
Maine separates from Massachusetts, becomes Free State as part of Missouri Compromise
Maine State Prison built in Thomaston
Thomaston Bank est.
Thomaston Register, 1st newspaper
Smallpox Hospital built on Simonton Point
First Fire Co. inc.
Original Knox Hotel built
First sidewalks built of yellow pine
Mall is ploughed, leveled and bordered with elms
Elm Grove Cemetery incorporated
U.S. Senator John Ruggles granted Patent No.1
U.S. Representative Jonathan Cilley killed in duel
Navigational beacon placed at Great Bend in the River
Significant expansion of shipyards occurs along the waterfront
Thomaston Academy est.
Thomaston votes to devide [sic] into three towns
Thomaston, S. Thomaston and E. Thomaston (Rockland)
1st telegraph communication est.
A block of Thomaston Black Marble sent for Washington Monument inscribed “From the home of Knox by Citizens of Thomaston Maine”
Carr & O’Brien Block built at upper corner of Main and Wadsworth
Georges Bank incorp. with capital of $50,000
Civil War; J.P. Crilley forms Company B of 1st Maine Calvary [sic], 329 enlist from Thomaston area
History of Thomaston by Cyrus Eaton, published
Thomaston becomes major shipbuilder for world trade, launching more than 670 wooden ships between 1784 & 1921
Montpelier razed for Knox and Lincoln Railroad
Town is one of the wealthiest in the nation due to shipbuilding and world commerce
Capt. Samuel Watts presents Watts Hall to community
Washington B. Thomas, is largest schooner built in Thomaston, 2693 tons
Watts Hall rebuilt after fire
World War 1 mine sweepers built in Thomaston
Edna Hoyt, last five masted schooner built in U.S.
Maine State Prison burns to ground
Dragon Cement plant built
Montpelier reconstructed on High Street
Reine Marie Stewart, last of the old Thomaston ships, towed away
Mine sweepers constructed for WWII effort
USS Thomaston LSD-28 commissioned as first of eight “Thomaston Class” of ships
Town purchases property for public
Thomaston Historical Society opens Knox Farmhouse
USS Elliot DD967 christened for Thomaston resident and hero, LCDR. Arthur James Elliot
Town Bicentennial Time Capsule buried in Mall
US Postal stamp honors Gen. Henry Knox
Mayo Park est. at Town Landing
Maine State Prison razed
Museum in Streets est.
Town purchases state prison site
Erected by Town of Thomaston and Concerned Citizens and Businesses.
Location. 44° 4.736′ N, 69° 10.993′ W. Marker is in Thomaston, Maine, in Knox County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 1) near Knox Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 183 Main Street, Thomaston ME 04861, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Builders, the Captains and the Seamen of Thomaston Ships (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Thomaston, Maine, the Town That Went to Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Voyage of Captain George Waymouth War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Near the Old Prison / À Coté de l'Ancienne Prison (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Revere Bell (approx. ¾ mile away); Terraces, Overlook and Allées (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thomaston.
Also see . . . Early History of Thomaston, Maine. (Submitted on May 19, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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