Bath in Sagadahoc County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
City of Bath
The home of Kings once stood here.
In 1798 William King bought land in the new downtown, just starting on Shaw’s Point, and began to build a home close to the Kennebec River and his neighboring store, wharf, and shipyard. A year later he met the woman he would marry in 1802, Ann Frazier. In the years to come their one-and-one-half story home would be expanded into a three-story mansion; until it became, as one young visitor remembered, “a perfect treasure house of enjoyment.” The house allowed King an easy view of both the river, with the comings and goings of vessels that might influence his varied business interests, and his Bath Bank at the corner of Front and Centre Streets. An orchard of plum, cherry, pear, and apple trees grew to the north and west of the house. It is on the site of that orchard that this Custom House stands now.
“The building will stand as long as the hills endure.”The Bath Daily Tribune, September 15, 1856
A custom house provided space for officials, who collected customs or tolls on commodities brought into a seaport, clear vessels and their cargo and crew for entering or leaving the country, and process all the paperwork associated with these and related
Bath’s growing prominence in shipbuilding and booming population in the late 1840s made the need for a dedicated custom house critical, particularly when combined with the additional space required for another federal responsibility, the United States Postal Service. This was a necessary structure, built for pragmatic purposes, but Ammi Burnham Young made it beautiful.
Erected by City of Bath.
Location. 43° 54.742′ N, 69° 48.816′ W. Marker is in Bath, Maine, in Sagadahoc County. Marker is on Lambard Street near Front Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 Lambard Street, Bath ME 04530, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named City of Bath (within shouting distance of this marker); Bath Street Clock (within shouting distance of this marker); Constable William Lawrence (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); All Gave Some, Some Gave All - Vietnam War (about 500 feet away); Bath Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Deckhouse from steamer Winapie ca.1909 Launch day! (approx. 1.2 miles away); Shipyard Owner's Home (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bath.
Also see . . .
1. William King (governor). William King was an American merchant, shipbuilder, army officer, and statesman from Bath, Maine. A proponent of statehood for Maine, he became its first Governor when it separated from Massachusetts in 1820. (Submitted on September 13, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. The Custom House - Bath's Historic Downtown. According to the 1851 map of Bath, three separate buildings occupied the property where the Customs House was later built. On the map, the buildings on the property were an engine house and two other houses that were owned by J. Lambard and C .W King, the son of William King, the first governor of Maine. (Submitted on September 13, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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