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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Washington County, Maine

Clickable Map of Washington County, Maine and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Washington County, ME (66) Aroostook County, ME (25) Hancock County, ME (112) Penobscot County, ME (41)  WashingtonCounty(66) Washington County (66)  AroostookCounty(25) Aroostook County (25)  HancockCounty(112) Hancock County (112)  PenobscotCounty(41) Penobscot County (41)
Machias is the county seat for Washington County
Adjacent to Washington County, Maine
      Aroostook County (25)  
      Hancock County (112)  
      Penobscot County (41)  
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1 Maine, Washington County, Addison — Addison
The Early Settlers The town of Addison was given permission to incorporate by the General Court of Massachusetts on February 14, 1797. The settlers chose the name in honor of the British writer Joseph Addison. The earliest town records were . . . Map (db m183744) HM
2 Maine, Washington County, Calais — Building A Community / Tout à bâtir
"...all set to clear the island, to fetch wood, to cut timber, to carry earth & other things necessary for the construction of the buildings." Samuel Champlain Journal, 1604 (translation) Pierre Dugua's settlement plans . . . Map (db m125214) HM
3 Maine, Washington County, Calais — Calais 100th Anniversary of Incorporation1809. July 31. 1909.
. . . Map (db m125072) HM
4 Maine, Washington County, Calais — Civil War Memorial1861 — 1865
In grateful remembrance of The Men of Calais who upon land or sea hazarded their lives that the nation might be preserved and that government of the people, by the people and for the people should not perish from the earth. . . . Map (db m125062) WM
5 Maine, Washington County, Calais — Congregation Chaim Josef1924-1987
A Synagogue near this site in 1924-1987 was the home of the Congregation of Chaim Josef named in honor of Henry Joseph Unobskey This was the only Jewish Congregation to exist in Washington County. Its members included residents of Charlotte . . . Map (db m136995) HM
6 Maine, Washington County, Calais — Exploring the Coast / Exploration de la côte
"...I set out from Ste. Croix on September 2...with twelve sailors and two Indians to serve us as guides to the places with which they were acquainted." Samuel Champlain Journal, 1604 (translation) In late summer Pierre . . . Map (db m125217) HM
7 Maine, Washington County, Calais — Imagining the Settlement / La colonie telle qu'on l'imagine
This model shows the Saint Croix Island colony as depicted by Samuel Champlain. His depiction was idealized. Archeological research has revealed discrepancies in building size and location. [Sketch caption reads] Plan for 1604 Saint . . . Map (db m125257) HM
8 Maine, Washington County, Calais — Lessons Learned / Leçons durement apprises
"The Sieur de Mons decided to remove escape the cold and dreadful winter..." Samuel Champlain Journal, 1605 (translation) After the terrible winter, Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons, ordered his men to take down . . . Map (db m125245) HM
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9 Maine, Washington County, Calais — Saint Croix Island
St. Croix Island has been presented to the United States of America as a monument to Sieur de Monts and Samuel de Champlain on the North American continent. The creation of this monument has been accomplished as a result of the public spirit and . . . Map (db m125115) HM
10 Maine, Washington County, Calais — Settling on Saint Croix Island / Colonisation de l'île Sainte-Croix
"...His Majesty commanded the Sieur de Mons to prepare a fresh expedition..." Samuel Champlain Journal, 1604 (translation) The newcomers who landed on the island offshore came from France. Their leader was Pierre Dugua, . . . Map (db m125161) HM
11 Maine, Washington County, Calais — Strangers Offshore / Étrangers du grand large
In 1604, this was the land of the Passamaquoddy. In June, several families would have been camped here harvesting fish and shellfish. Nobody knows what the residents thought when a large ship landed at a nearby island. We do know they helped the . . . Map (db m125159) HM
12 Maine, Washington County, Calais — Trapped For The Winter / Prisonniers de l'hiver
"During the winter a certain malady attacked many of our people... We could find no remedy..." Samuel Champlain Journal, 1604 (translation) When winter came, treacherous ice made crossing to the mainland impossible. . . . Map (db m125238) HM
13 Maine, Washington County, Calais — Veterans Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to the men and women of Calais, Maine who served their country to preserve the traditional principles of freedom, justice and way of life in our areaMap (db m125045) WM
14 Maine, Washington County, Calais — Veterans Memorial
City of Calais Veterans Park Dedicated July 31 2009 ——————————— Designed by Mayor Vinton E Cassidy in honor of area Vets July 31, 2009 . . . Map (db m125103) WM
15 Maine, Washington County, Calais — Welcome to Saint Croix Island International Historic Site / An Enduring LegacyBienvenue au lieu historique international de l'île-Sainte-Croix / Un précieux héritage
Share the dramatic story of Saint Croix Island. In 1604, over a hundred artisans, soldiers, and gentlemen sailed here from France in a bold attempt to establish a European colony north of Florida. They built a settlement on an island offshore and . . . Map (db m125121) HM
16 Maine, Washington County, Calais — World War II Roll of Honor1941 • 1945
Dedicated to the Veterans of World War II May their names be honored through the years that unfold [Honor Roll of Veterans]Map (db m125068) WM
17 Maine, Washington County, Columbia Falls — Capt. Bucknam House
Capt. Bucknam House has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1789Map (db m183743) HM
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18 Maine, Washington County, Columbia Falls — Columbia Falls Town Hall
The Union Church was built in 1840 by the Union Meetinghouse Association to be used for non-denominational worship. In 1898 the bell was donated to the church by the Columbia Falls Women's Society. In 1903 the Church was deeded to the Town . . . Map (db m55073) HM
19 Maine, Washington County, Columbia Falls — Early Settlers of the Pleasant RiverAmerican Revolution Bicentennial 1776-1976
Early Settlers of the Pleasant River Known to Have Been in Action Against the British During the Revolution of 1775 to 1783 [Honor Roll of Veterans]Map (db m55088) HM WM
20 Maine, Washington County, Columbia Falls — The Ruggles HouseColumbia Falls — Washington County —
The Ruggles House, built for Thomas Ruggles, a prominent citizen of Columbia. Architect and builder was Aaron Simmons Sherman. Restored 1950-1951 by the Ruggles House Society. A notable example of nineteenth century Adam style architecture and hand . . . Map (db m55090) HM
21 Maine, Washington County, Columbia Falls — Veterans MemorialIn Loving Memory Of All
This monument erected by Greenwood Cemetery Society July 4, 1958 to honor the brave youth of Columbia Falls, who so unselfishly entered our Armed Force to help Keep America Free They left their families and their friends to . . . Map (db m55089) WM
22 Maine, Washington County, Eastport — Camp Lee - StephensonIn Memorium
Lt. Irwin W. Lee (C.E.C) U.S.N.R. & Lt. (JG) George S. Stephenson (C.E.C.) U.S.N.R. were killed 2 July 1943 while leading their troops in combat against the Japanese in the Solomon Islands. They were the first two officers of the Civil . . . Map (db m183648) HM WM
23 Maine, Washington County, Eastport — Cobscook BayDowneast Fisheries Trail
Cobscook Bay is one of Maine’s special places. Its huge tides (averaging 28 feet but sometimes surging to 30 feet) its cold nutrient rich waters, convoluted and largely undeveloped shoreline, vast intertidal areas provide habitat for a wide array . . . Map (db m183678) HM
24 Maine, Washington County, Eastport — Cultural History
Eastport's downtown Historic District is an architectural treasure listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 18th and 19th century shipbuilding industry brought in the resources to create our historically significant residential . . . Map (db m183568) HM
25 Maine, Washington County, Eastport — Eastport Civil War Memorial
1861     1865 Erected In Memory of The Men Who Served The Union On Land and Sea by The Citizens of Eastport Under the Auspices of The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil WarMap (db m183676) WM
26 Maine, Washington County, Eastport — Eastport Fisherman Statue
This statue was built in 2001 for Fox Television's mini-series Murder In Small Town X. Restored in 2005 with donated funds and services, the statue is now a tribute to Angel Juarbe, Jr., the New York City fireman who won the $250,000 grand . . . Map (db m183677) HM
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27 Maine, Washington County, Eastport — S.L. Wadsworth & SonNation’s Oldest Ship Chandlery — Established 1818 —
By: Samuel Bartlett Wadsworth (9/1/1791- 10/2/1874) Son of: General Peleg Wadsworth Uncle to: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ★ Formerly Located: Central Wharf 1818- 1976 ★ (left plaque) This property has been placed on . . . Map (db m207785) HM
28 Maine, Washington County, Eastport — Sardine Industry
Eastport's fishing industry has sustained the area from the city's beginning. Originally, shallow-water fish harvesting was adapted from Passamaquoddy Indians' use of weirs. Eventually, Eastport became the Sardine Capital of the World, at onetime . . . Map (db m183641) HM
29 Maine, Washington County, Eastport — The Roosevelts and Eastport
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Campobello Island home can be seen from Eastport. After FDR contracted polio while at Campobello in 1921, local fisherman took him across the bay to Eastport. Using a ruse to fool reporters, they spirited FDR onto a . . . Map (db m183539) HM
30 Maine, Washington County, Harrington — World War Memorial1917 - 1918
This tablet commemorates the names of those who served in the World War [Honor Roll of Veterans]Map (db m55092) WM
31 Maine, Washington County, Jonesboro — Grange
From its organization in 1900, through several decades, the social life in Jonesboro revolved around Grange meetings, public suppers and other types of Grange sponsored entertainment. The custom of serving a public dinner on Town Meeting day was . . . Map (db m183787) HM
32 Maine, Washington County, Jonesboro — Granite Quarry
An 1836 evaluation of Maine's mineral resources found granite to be one of the state's most important commodities. Jonesboro was one of the hubs of granite production in eastern Maine. Fletcher Granite Company described granite from the Bodwell . . . Map (db m183769) HM
33 Maine, Washington County, Jonesboro — Hannah Weston Memorial
Hannah Watts was born in 1758 at about the same time that the Indian War was raging in New England. Around 1760 Captain Samuel Watts, Hannah's father, moved his family from Haverill, Massachusetts to Falmouth, Maine. The family resided there for a . . . Map (db m183783) HM
34 Maine, Washington County, Jonesboro — Hassey’s Riverside Park
Schoppee's Garage Founded circa 1928 by Harrison (Hassey) Schoppee, Schoppee's Garage was originally on the south side of the Chandler River. When he learned that construction of a new bridge would realign Rt. 1 through his business, Hassey . . . Map (db m183739) HM
35 Maine, Washington County, Jonesboro — Jonesboro Union Church
Jonesboro Union Church was built in 1844. In 1909 Leander Higgins, a prominent architect from Portland, was chosen to design plans to remodel the church. Jonesboro Union Church is on the National History Register. A citizen from the 1900s walking . . . Map (db m183785) HM
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36 Maine, Washington County, Jonesboro — Jonesboro War Memorial
In honor of the men and women of Jonesboro who went forth to serve their country on land, on sea, and in the air in the World Wars I and II and during the Korean Conflict Our Roll of Honor 1917 - 1918 Alfred Bridgham · Carl L. . . . Map (db m183791) WM
37 Maine, Washington County, Jonesboro — Lumber Mill
Early Jonesboro, known as Chandler's River, was one of the best timbered in the area of what is now the state of Maine. A heavy growth of old pine lined its banks for miles up and down the river. In 1764 an early pioneer, Judah Chandler, built the . . . Map (db m183790) HM
38 Maine, Washington County, Jonesboro — Shipbuilding
Shipbuilding was an important enterprise in the early history of Jonesboro. The types of vessels built from 1816 through 1887 were varied and included schooners, sloops, brigs and barks. Accounts as to the number of ships built in the town of . . . Map (db m183782) HM
39 Maine, Washington County, Jonesport — Jonesport War Memorial
Erected by the grateful people of Jonesport in memory of our heroes who gave their lives for our country and in honor of our soldiers and sailorsMap (db m183795) WM
40 Maine, Washington County, Jonesport — The Old House Point Gang
The Jonesport Laundromat was owned and operated by Tug and Narda Davis and family at this site for many years. This tree has seen lots of action! It's been climbed by many of the kids of this community. It's seen romance, children at play . . . Map (db m207407) HM
41 Maine, Washington County, Lubec — Civil War MemorialLubec — 1861 - 1865 —
[North face] To her loyal sons who on land and water, imperiled their lives for the Union Appomattox • Antietam Stars and Stripes Shield Emblem [West face] "On fames eternal camping ground their silent tents are spread And . . . Map (db m54889) WM
42 Maine, Washington County, Lubec — Dawn's First Light Shines on Free Masonry
This cryptic marker placed here by the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Maine, to commemorate dawns [sic] first light shines on Free Masonry on the East Coast of the United States of AmericaMap (db m54891) HM
43 Maine, Washington County, Lubec — Easternmost Point in the U.S.A.
West Quoddy Head 44°48"9'N 66°57"1'W Erected by the WQHLKA Inc. Spring 2005 with permission of the Maine Department of ConservationMap (db m54818) HM
44 Maine, Washington County, Lubec — First Meeting Place of Washington Lodge No. 37 F.&A.M.
This tablet marks the site of the first meeting place of Washington Lodge No. 37 F.&A.M. 1822 --- 1922Map (db m54855) HM
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45 Maine, Washington County, Lubec — Lubec Veterans Honor RollLest We Forget
[Honor Roll of Veterans] Revolutionary War • Civil War World War I • World War II Korean War • Vietnam War Peace Time ServiceMap (db m54888) WM
46 Maine, Washington County, Lubec — War MemorialLubec, Maine — Incorporated June 21, 1811 —
We dedicate this memorial to the Glory of Almighty God, in memory of the men and women of Lubec who served in all wars and by their unselfish patriotism have advanced the American Ideals of Liberty and the Universal Brotherhood of ManMap (db m54887) WM
47 Maine, Washington County, Machias — Burnham TavernBuilt in 1770
Home of Hannah Weston Chapter Daughters of the American RevolutionMap (db m54731) HM
48 Maine, Washington County, Machias — First Naval Battle of the American Revolution
This anchor symbolizes the historic ties that Machias people have with the sea, and their commitment to liberty as exemplified in the first naval battle of the American Revolution fought in Machias Bay between the British ship Margaretta and the . . . Map (db m55066) HM WM
49 Maine, Washington County, Machias — First Permanent English Settlement in Machias Bay1763 - 1904
This tablet marks the landing place of the company which made the first permanent English settlement in this town, May 20, 1763. The little band consisted of Samuel and Sylvanus Scott, Timothy George, and David Libby, John and Solomon Stone, Daniel . . . Map (db m54739) HM
50 Maine, Washington County, Machias — Libby Hall
Former site of Libby Hall, which served as the Machais high school from 1850 to 1955. In September 1910, classes at the new Washington State Normal School, the future University of Maine at Machias, opened here. In January 1911, classes moved across . . . Map (db m77197) HM
51 Maine, Washington County, Machias — The Machias RiverDowneast Fisheries Trail
Native Americans called the falls next to this sign Machias, the popular translation of which is "bad little falls." The name Machias now applies to the nearby towns and rivers. South of Bad Little Falls, river water mixes with sea water brought in . . . Map (db m54743) HM
52 Maine, Washington County, Machias — Veterans MemorialTo Those Who Know War Best
In honor of those men and women of Machias who served God and Country that this flag might wave Erected 1958 to the memory of all servicemen of the town of MachiasMap (db m55070) WM
53 Maine, Washington County, Machias — World War I Memorial
To the men of Machias Valley who gave their lives in the Great War 1917 - 1918Map (db m55062) WM
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54 Maine, Washington County, Machiasport — Birthplace of the U.S. Navy
On June 12, 1775, about two miles off-shore near Round Island, the first naval battle of the American Revolution took place. This was the first instance of armed naval combat between Americans and a foreign power, and as such, the United States . . . Map (db m145040) HM
55 Maine, Washington County, Machiasport — Fort Machias/O'Brien
Historic Fort Machias Built in 1775 immediately after the first naval battle of the American Revolution took place offshore, Fort Machias was a four-gun battery that guarded the mouth of the Machias River in cooperation with Fort . . . Map (db m145018) HM
56 Maine, Washington County, Perry — Precise Positioning and the 45th ParallelSurveying Then and Now
1863: U.S. Coast Survey performs field work of triangulation,baselines, and astronomical observations, then calculates latitude and longitude for stations in the Perry vicinity. These points are the foundation of all charts and maps created . . . Map (db m183616) HM
57 Maine, Washington County, Princeton — Civilian Conservation Corps
This plaque was dedicated by Chapter 111 Alumni by former members members of the Civilian Conservation Corps in memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and members, who served at C.C.C. camps in Maine and throughout the United States between the . . . Map (db m125224) HM
58 Maine, Washington County, Princeton — Princeton War Monument
Princeton proudly honors all war veterans that have served our country Civil War 1861 - 1865 [Died at war or as a result of war] Corp. James A. Bates • Hiram A. Brown • Jones E. Brown Theophilus Brown • John Slater • William . . . Map (db m125228) WM
59 Maine, Washington County, Weston — The "sleeping giant" view of Mount Katahdin[Ktotonuk] in Passamaquoddy, meaning highest land — K'taadn - this 19th century spelling is preferred by many Penobscots today —
For many Wabanaki people, Mount K'taadn (Ktotonuk) is a profoundly spiritual place. From around the campfire, you might hear tales of Pamola and Glooskap. Some folks imagine that Katahdin's ridges form the shape of a resting giant. (Hint: . . . Map (db m125269) HM
60 Maine, Washington County, Weston — A rich fishing tradition continues year-roundGuides, sport and fishing camps
Brook Trout, Bass, Salmon, Togue, & White Perch Seasonally, fishing changes a great deal here in the Lakes. Winter brings ice-fishing for Salmon and Togue (Lake Trout). Ice-out is Salmon fishing time. In June, as surface water warms, people . . . Map (db m125303) HM
61 Maine, Washington County, Weston — Chiputneticook Chain of Lakes
Looking East into New Brunswick: The International Boundary runs directly through East Grand Lake and the Chiputneticook Lakes below you. The deepest parts of the lakes define the border between the U.S. and Canada. Glaciers carved vast . . . Map (db m125291) HM
62 Maine, Washington County, Weston — Rivers & Streams: Ancient Highways of the Wabanaki
Long before the Romans built their network of roads across Europe, Native Americans developed a vast natural network of canoe routes connecting the Atlantic to the great rivers, lakes, and forests of the lands we now call Maine and the . . . Map (db m125284) HM
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63 Maine, Washington County, Weston — Town of Weston Honor Roll1941 - 1985
Sheldon Barker • Michael Brewer • Alton Burns • Fred Butterfield, Jr. Ralph Butterfield • Clifford Carr • Ralph Crowell • Everett Daggett Raymond Darveau • Otis Davis • Emery Dwyer • Gene Dwyer Carroll Earle • Lawrence Earle • Elmer . . . Map (db m125265) WM
64 Maine, Washington County, Weston — Welcome to Million Dollar View Scenic BywayWhat is a National Scenic Byway — Authentic stories. Treasured places. Scenic spaces. —
"A bold vision for America. To create a distinctive collection of American roads, their stories and treasured places." -Federal Highway Administration's vision for a National Scenic Byway program Scenic Byways wind through . . . Map (db m125283) HM
65 Maine, Washington County, Weston — Weston & Danforth's architecturePlay detective along the Byway. Discover clues to the past in
Rural Weston, once home to classic farms: Big house, little house, outhouse, barn. In this sparsely-populated town of several hundred, look for a few remaining farms perched amidst fields slowly returning to forest. Local settlers like . . . Map (db m125267) HM
66 Maine, Washington County, Weston — When trees were used for tanning
In the 1880's, leather production was one of Maine's largest industries An industry built on Hemlock, plentiful pure water and rail. Hemlock tan-bark makes a "tea" high in tannin used to cure raw animal hides. Entrepreneurs located . . . Map (db m125308) HM
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Dec. 1, 2023