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2038 James G. Blaine's House/Governor's Mansion James G. Blaine’s house is a two-story frame and clapboard house, located on a 2.38-acre lot owned by the State of Maine in Augusta, Maine. The house was initially built in 1833 for Captain James Hall but was sold to James G. Blaine in 1862 and was retained by his family until 1919 when it was given to the State of Maine to be used as a governor’s residence. The House was renovated in 1919 by architect John Calvin Stevens as well as in 1962 and it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964 due its association with Blaine, a prominent politician during and after the Civil War. In his early days as a politician, Blaine supported Abraham Lincoln and the Union War effort in the Civil War and supported black suffrage in the Reconstruction era. He was a Republican, who represented Maine in the House of Representatives between 1863-76, served in the Senate from 1876 to 1881 and was secretary of state in 1881 and 1889-92. Blaine also unsuccessfully ran for president in 1884 when he lost to Grover Cleveland. Tuesday 20th of April 2021 07:03:52 PM Tuesday 20th of April 2021 07:03:52 PM
2039 Governor's House (Togus VA Medical Centra and National Cemetery) The Governor’s House, currently known as the Director's Quarters, Togus Veterans' Administration Center, belongs to the Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta, Maine. The structure was initially built by the National Home for Disabled Volunteers established in 1866, and it is the only surviving building of the organisation as well as the oldest facility for veterans in the United States. Initially built to provide a space for any veteran of the Civil War who suffered any degree of disability, the Governor’s House was opened in 1869 and served disabled veterans for over a century. The house is a 2.5 story building with 22 rooms and is currently part of a Veteran Affairs site of approximately 506 acres comprising of heavily wooded areas, a medical complex with historic residential, hospital, and supportive buildings, along with two historic national cemeteries. The Governor’s House entered the National Historic Landmark Program in May 1974. Tuesday 20th of April 2021 07:11:06 PM Tuesday 20th of April 2021 07:11:06 PM
2040 Chamberlain Freedom Park Chamberlain Freedom Park was dedicated in 1997 to Joshua L. Chamberlain, who led a successful defense against the Confederate army on 2nd July 1863 in Gettysburg. Built on a slanting hill, the park imitates Little Round Top, Gettysburg and contains multiple plaques with inscriptions regarding the fight of the 2nd of July, as well as three sculptures; a statue of Joshua Chamberlain, a replica of the 20th Maine Monument that stands in Little Round Top and North to Freedom. The idea for the park started in 1995 when the house of John Holyoke was demolished to make way for a new Penobscot Bridge. Holyoke was a prominent abolitionist, and his house contained an underground shaft linking the house with the Penobscot river. The symbolic tracks installed on the park commemorate the site’s significance as a stop for runaway slaves on their way to Canada and to freedom. Sunday 02nd of May 2021 05:07:58 PM Sunday 02nd of May 2021 05:07:58 PM
2041 Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum The Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum is a house museum, situated in Brunswick, Maine dedicated to Civil War veteran and subsequent governor of Maine, Joshua L. Chamberlain. The house was built in 1824 and was rented to private individuals until 1859, when it was bought by Chamberlain for $2,100. The house remained in the family of Chamberlain until 1939, when it was sold by his granddaughter to Emery Booker, a local banker and businessman. Throughout the years the house underwent many renovations, and under the ownership of Booker, it was divided into seven apartments for Bowdoin College students, the same college Chamberlain worked for as a professor. In 1983, after Booker’s death, the Pejepscot History Center (then Pejepscot Historical Society) bought the house for $75,000, and through donations and volunteer work, the house was renovated once more to look like it did during Chamberlain’s time. Though the museum opened in 1984, restoration work and item donations persisted through the 1990s. Notable items displayed in the museum include, Chamberlain’s Gettysburg boots, the Governor’s desk and chair, as well as the Medal of Honour which was awarded to Chamberlain for leading the defence in Little Round Top on the 2nd of July 1863. Sunday 02nd of May 2021 09:09:16 PM Sunday 02nd of May 2021 09:09:16 PM
2042 Harriet Beecher Stowe House — Brunswick 14. Harriet Beecher Stowe House (Brunswick) Originally designed by architect Samuel Melcher III in 1806, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House is a colonial-style house, situated in Brunswick, Maine. Beecher Stowe moved in the house with her husband in 1850, so he could work at Bowdoin College as a professor. In November 1850, the Stowe family sheltered John Andrew Jackson, a self-emancipated man on his way North. The Stowe family stayed in the house until 1852, during which time Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, sentimental novel, depicting the reality of enslavement, which is considered as laying the groundwork for the Civil War. The building has been in the possession of Bowdoin College since 2001, and in 2015 the College renovated the house to resemble its 1855 appearance, as well as created ‘Harriet’s Writing Room’, a public exhibit space dedicated to Beecher Stowe’s literary work. The building became a National Historic Landmark in 1962 and a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site in 2016 for its association with Harriet Beecher Stowe. Tuesday 18th of May 2021 11:28:36 AM Tuesday 18th of May 2021 11:28:36 AM
2043 Abyssinian Meeting House — Portland The Abyssinian Meeting House was built in 1828 and up until 1917, it served as the center of social and political life for Portland’s African American community, being the third oldest standing African American meeting house in the United States. The building served as a church, segregated public school, and a hall for social events. Some of the members and preachers of the Meeting House were self-emancipated people, leading figures for the Underground Railroad movement and outspoken abolitionists including William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass. The building has been in the possession of the Committee to Restore Abyssinian since 1998 and it is currently undergoing restoration. The Abyssinian Meeting House is in the National Register of Historic places as well as the first site in Maine to be included in the National Park’s Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Tuesday 18th of May 2021 11:32:05 AM Tuesday 18th of May 2021 11:32:05 AM
2048 Chamberlain Freedom Park Chamberlain Freedom Park was dedicated in 1997 to Joshua L. Chamberlain who led a successful defense against the Confederate army on 2nd July 1863 in Gettysburg. Built on a slanting hill, the park imitates Little Round Top, Gettysburg and contains multiple plaques with inscriptions regarding the fight of the 2nd of July, as well as three sculptures; a statue of Joshua Chamberlain, a replica of the 20th Maine Monument that stands in Little Round Top and North to Freedom. The idea for the park started in 1995 when the house of John Holyoke was demolished to make way for a new Penobscot Bridge. Holyoke was a prominent abolitionist, and his house contained an underground shaft linking the house with the Penobscot river. The symbolic tracks installed on the park commemorate the site’s significance as a stop for self-emancipated persons on their way to Canada and to freedom. Friday 25th of June 2021 03:08:31 PM Friday 25th of June 2021 03:08:31 PM