“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Belfast in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)

Belfast Historian's Home


—The Museum in the Streets —

Belfast Historian's Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, May 29, 2012
1. Belfast Historian's Home Marker
Inscription. The Williamson House was built in 1845 for prominent Belfast lawyer, businessman, and State Senator Joseph Williamson. It was later the house of his son, Joseph Williamson, Jr., who followed in his father's footsteps as a country lawyer. Joseph Williamson, Jr. is best known for writing The History of the City of Belfast, Maine, in two volumes. In 1853, he administered the oath of office to the first mayor, Ralph C. Johnson (panel #19), under the newly adopted City Charter. The Captain Ephraim McFarland house, to the left of the Williamson house, was built in 1799, and is considered to be the oldest remaining house on the west side of the harbor. During the war of 1812, British General Gerard Gosselin stayed in the house for six days while his 600 troops occupied the town (photo c. 1900).
Erected 2004 by The Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community. (Marker Number 6.)
Location. 44° 25.368′ N, 69° 0.051′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker is on High Street south of Peach Street, on the left. Touch for map. The Marker faces the sidewalk on the east side of High Street, across from the house. Marker is in this post office area: Belfast ME 04915, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Williamson House image. Click for full size.
By James True, May 29, 2012
2. Williamson House
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The James P. White House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Regal Passenger Steamer (approx. 0.2 miles away); On this site (approx. ¼ mile away); Civil War Hero (approx. ¼ mile away); Five-Masted Beauty (approx. ¼ mile away); The Oldest Manufacturer (approx. ¼ mile away); Broiler Capital of the World (approx. ¼ mile away); A Benevolent Bequest (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
More about this marker. Marker #6 (of 30) in "The Museum in the Streets". The text on the Marker is in English, followed by a French translation.
Categories. Notable PersonsWar of 1812
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 365 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 11, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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