Category Archives: History

89.9.1979 – Letter from N. & M. Tilton to their children – 19 July 1846

Besides Tilton, the following surnames are mentioned: Burnham, Storer, Hatch, Finney, Perkam, Strickland, Smith, Wiggin, & Chase.  There is an interesting story about Sidney Burnham, with an ax, being arrested. This OCR text version has not been reviewed or edited … Continue reading

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Ship-Building in Scarborough

Did You Know…. Ship-Building in Scarborough             By Don Taylor, Historian Did you know ships were built in Scarborough during the latter part of the eighteenth and the first half of the nineteenth century; Many were small, but in the … Continue reading

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Maine Registers

By Don Taylor I just love the Maine Registers to provide background information during my research. For example, the 1918 Maine Register has a section about Post Offices; if you wrote to someone at a particular location, it tells which … Continue reading

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General Lafayette’s Visit to Scarborough

by Linda Snow McLoon The Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834) was a French aristocrat and military officer who came to the aid of the American colonies during the Revolutionary War. He developed a friendship with George Washington, who put him in … Continue reading

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A High School Comes to Scarborough

By Linda Snow McLoon Introduction It’s common knowledge that going back to early times Scarborough had over a dozen one-room district schools that offered children a grammar school education. But because no one seems to know much about when Scarborough … Continue reading

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100 Years Ago – Scarborough Annual Report – 1921

By Don Taylor Vital Records The Town Reports provide a snapshot looking into the past. I find the Town Clerk’s Report particularly interesting for 1920-1921. The number of deaths reported in 1918 and 1919 were higher than the births. I’m … Continue reading

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The Old Kilbourn Home – 19 August 1928

The August 19, 1928, issue of the Portland, Maine, newspaper included an article, “Built in Revolutionary Days Old Kilbourn Home at Scarboro Stands Like Monument to Past.” The original was quite difficult to read, so Scarborough historian Rodney Laughton transcribed … Continue reading

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The Kilbourne Desk

By Don Taylor Ellie bought the desk in the 1990s. It was lovely and very old.  She enjoyed it for years before she removed the bottom right drawer and looked at the bottom. There, on the bottom of the drawer, … Continue reading

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Presentation Images – Century of Conflict

On January 6th, 2019, Michael Davis gave a presentation to the Scarborough Historical Society titled “Scarborough’s Black Point – A Century of Conflict.” Below are the images of that presentation. A video of his excellent presentation is here.

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The Reanimation of John Hasty – Scarborough 1798

[Ed note: I was recently at a Genealogy meeting and a friend, Nancy Wilson Latham, mentioned that she had come across an article on Genealogy Bank about a Scarborough resident who almost died from drowning in 1798, but was “reanimated” … Continue reading

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