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Belfast in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Oldest Manufacturer

 

—The Museum in the Streets —

 
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By James True, September 1, 2012
1. The Oldest Manufacturer Marker
Inscription. Mathews Brothers Company, started in 1854 by Spencer Mathews and his two brothers, is the oldest manufacturing company in Belfast. After fire destroyed the original factory in 1873 (panel #24), the company reopened just 70 days later on this site. The mill produced doors, windows, and sashes, as well as custom ordered mouldings and trim, for a wide variety of customers. In 1899, after the deaths of the brothers, female members of the family took charge, making it the largest business owned and operated by women in Maine. The mill moved to a former shoe factory south of town in 1988 and the old building was removed in 1997. Mathews Brothers workers (photo c. 1890) pose for the camera before returning to their saws and planers.
 
Erected 2004 by The Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community. (Marker Number 27.)
 
Location. 44° 25.564′ N, 69° 0.157′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker can be reached from Cross Street. Touch for map. The marker is in the middle of Belfast Commons Park. It is next to marker #28 in the series. Marker is in this post office area: Belfast ME 04915, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
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By James True, May 29, 2012
2. The Oldest Manufacturer Marker
of this marker. Broiler Capital of the World (here, next to this marker); On this site (a few steps from this marker); Five-Masted Beauty (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Benevolent Bequest (about 700 feet away); Regal Passenger Steamer (about 700 feet away); The Finest and the Fastest (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Great Conflagration (approx. 0.2 miles away); Captain Albert W. Stevens (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
 
More about this marker. Marker #27 (of 30) in "The Museum in the Streets". The text on the Marker is in English, followed by a French translation.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The Oldest Manufacturer Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, May 29, 2012
3. The Oldest Manufacturer Marker
The Oldest Manufacturer Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, September 1, 2012
4. The Oldest Manufacturer Marker
Two markers side by side...Marker 27 (The Oldest Manufacturer) is on the left. Marker 28 (Broiler Capital of the World) is on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 308 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 16, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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