Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
It’s spring! The warmer weather is starting to bring more visitors to the museum. Recently five people with the group Friends of Baxter State Park stopped in as did a recent transplant from Oregon and folks from Boston, Washington County, Brunswick and Vermont. The 2017 U.S. map we use to keep track of where visitors are from is starting to show lots of color.
Someone recently asked what the museum had on the Medway Road area. There are winter photos of trucks and houses and one showing the CCC camp near where the Airport Cabins are today. The museum also has photos of the other CCC camps in the area.
Dorothy Laverty’s book revealed interesting pieces of information. Early on town leaders realized that other than the train, there was little access to this new town. You could travel by water up the West Branch or by land over the old Sourdnahunk tote road. Penobscot County commissioners were petitioned (1901) to consider a road to connect with Medway and Mattawamkeag. Central Street was extended and a bridge constructed over Millinocket Stream. A large picture (c1911) on display at the museum shows this bridge. The new road was continued and followed the old trail to Medway. Everyone referred to it as Medway Road. Just beyond the bridge was the original town dump. Later on, the Millinocket Cemetery was established on a plateau about a mile from the center of town. This street was also the location of a “Pest House” built circa 1917 to house quarantined individuals during the smallpox epidemic.
*** Still time to get your paver orders in for the next group to be placed later this year. Contact MHS for the specifics. The pavers are $100.00 each (tax deductible) and may be in honor or in memory, for a school or team, business, organization or in your own name. Once the snow melts, come view the pavers already in place.
***In the Museum Store: Millinocket, Magic City of Maine’s Wilderness and So You Live in Millinocket, both by Dorothy Laverty; Millinocket by David Duplisea; Our Real War by Mike Murphy; No Time for Moss by S. McKeen (story of author’s mother, Verna Thorpe who grew up in Millinocket). Other local books for sale include: Katahdin Fantasies by Marian W. Smith plus her other books on local Native American legends and her books on Thoreau’s journey to Katahdin; The Northern by John McLeod and booklets from the town’s 50th and 100th birthday. We sometimes have an extra copy of Sawtelle’s Coach & His Boys; Sylvio Caron’s book on lumbering in the area and others. A great DVD titled Spirits of Katahdin researched and compiled by Colleen McLaughlin with music by Jude Ippoliti is available. Additional items include a few Fernwood pieces, vintage postcards, dishcloths and several things in our mini-yard sale display. As always, copies of the MHS calendars from 2009-2017 are on sale. Most items also available by mail. Contact me via email or phone for prices and SH info.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. Watch for the sandwich board sign out front.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or email@example.com to arrange for groups or appointments. Contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.