Four sites in Maine have been recognized for their historic and cultural significance — and are on the way to making it official.
The National Park Service released a list Wednesday of the nominations received for the National Register of Historic Places. The register serves as the nation’s “official list of cultural resources worthy of recognition and preservation.”
To make the list, a site has to have played an important role in our nation’s history of architecture, archeology, engineering, or culture.
Chebeague Island golf course
The Great Chebeague Island golf course is one of the oldest golf clubhouses in the country — built between 1790 and 1807.
Since its construction almost a century ago, the course hasn’t changed much, giving golfers the rare opportunity to step back in time and experience what it was like to be golfing almost 100 years ago.
The Hodgkins Intermediate School
The Hodgkins Intermediate School in Augusta, built in 1958, was built in response to the baby boom after World War II. It’s changed little since then and is an excellent example of the design of its era, according to a recent Kennebec Journal article about its application.
There are plans to convert the former middle school into senior housing.
The Norton’s Corner Schoolhouse and Library
The Willimantic one-room schoolhouse hasn’t been used since the 70s. But for the past 6 years, David and Madeleine Thayer have been working to rebuild it into a library for the town.
“It just gives people an outlet to do their thing,” David Thayer told Bangor Metro. “It was a need the community had and we’re glad we could do something about it.”
The Lewiston Mills and Water Power System Historic District
The Lewiston Mills and Water Power System Historic District is described in its application as an “intact collection of buildings, sites, and structures that made up the textile processing industry in Lewiston.”
Lewiston’s textile industry began in 1850, when out-of-state business men formed a conglomerate to develop the energy potential in the Androscoggin River’s Great Falls.
There are 85,000 listings on the National Register of Historic Places; 1,632 in Maine. If you think that any of these sites deserve recognition, the National Park Service is accepting comments until July 16 via snail mail addressed to the National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C St. NW., MS 2280, Washington, DC 20240.