We thank Karlene Osborne, Joyce Alden, Don Taylor, and Tom Osborne for setting up, tending, and dismantling the displays at the Scarborough Farmer’s Market on the last Sunday of August. We also thank ScarboroughHelps.org for supporting nonprofit organizations and providing the tent, tables, and chairs. Finally, thanks to the many people who stopped by to learn about the Society, purchased items from the store, and became members of the Society.
(Left to right) Don Taylor, Joyce Alden, & Karlene Osborne at the August Farmer’s Market. Photo by Phil von Stade.
We thank Karlene Osborne, Tom Osborne, and Bruce Larrabee for setting up, tending, and dismantling the displays and the Scarborough Historical Society tent at Scarborough Summerfest 2022. Also, we thank those who stopped by to learn about the Society, purchased items from the store, and donated to the Beech Ridge Schoolhouse
Project and the Museum.
Karlene Osborne and the setup at Summerfest 2022. Photo by Tom Osborne.
Work is continuing at the Beech Ridge School Renovation. The old siding has been removed. Some of the wall sheathings were replaced with wide boards. They are now reframing the windows and will install a Mento membrane on outside walls before nailing strapping to hold the siding. Windows will go in next.
Front outside view of Schoolhouse, July 21, 2022. Photo by Karlene Osborne.
To donate to help this historical renovation, please see our GoFundMe page.
I scanned the 1810 Scarborough Tax Valuation Book and uploaded it to Digital Maine. This copy includes the names of the heads of households and what they paid in taxes. Originally compiled by Reuben Seavey and dated 23 July 1810. Who created this copy is unknown, but it was probably copied in the late 1800s or the early 1900s. (Note: This booklet needs indexing and/or transcribing. If you are interested in indexing this book, please contact the Scarborough Historical Society by email.)
A 1963 news clipping shows Dorothy Shaw Libbey and historical society president Percy Wright inspecting a scroll presented to her by town selectmen to honor her historical work. From the SHS collections
Over the years a number of individuals have made major contributions toward preserving Scarborough’s history, but no one has done more toward saving our past for future generations than Dorothy Shaw Libbey. Long before she and her husband Clarke Libbey helped found the Scarborough Historical Society in 1961, Dorothy was working hard to research and chronicle Scarborough’s past. She was the first to hold the title of Historian for the historical society.
Born in 1907, Dorothy could trace her Scarborough family roots to Joseph Waterhouse of Portsmouth, NH, who married Mary Libby of Kittery before they established a home in Scarborough in 1730. She became fascinated with old manuscripts and the early wills of old settlers, and she studied epitaphs on cemetery gravestones. Dorothy spent endless hours before the time of computers hand-copying early municipal, church, and cemetery records. Testimony to her dedicated work were the 40 cartons of her historical material that were brought to the historical society after her passing in 1989.
Dorothy Shaw Libbey’s crowning achievement was her book, Scarborough Becomes a Town, which was published in 1955. Covering events from 1625 to 1850, the book describes the gathering of 29 men from Black Point, Blue Point, and Stratton’s Island on July 14, 1658, to formally create a town where records would be kept, courts convened, and taxes paid under the protection of the government of Massachusetts Bay. The lives of the early settlers, their homes, the introduction of slavery, the schools, and the town’s role in the American Revolution are all covered in her book.
A valuable service Dorothy performed was transcribing the records of both the Black Point and Dunstan cemeteries. She and her husband also drew a map locating many of the smaller family burying grounds in Scarborough.
We certainly owe Dorothy Shaw Libbey a debt of thanks for the extensive efforts she put into preserving Scarborough’s history.
[Editor’s Note:] This article was originally published in the May/June 2022 issue of Owascoag Notes.
The Historic Houses of Scarborough, compiled by Charlotte G. Stevens and donated to the Scarborough Public Library on July 17, 1953. This book includes short write-ups on 35 Scarborough buildings and homes along with photographs of the buildings and homes as they were in the early 1950s. Included are:
The Parsonage, 160 Black Point Road
The Church (4th church building), 167 Black Point Road
Edward Libby Home (Possibly 212 Spurwink Road)
Old Hastey [Hasty] House
Old Edward Mitchell House (Possibly 178 Spurwink Road)
The Kilbourne House (152 Spurwink Road)
The Reuben Libby House
Augustus Small House (Possibly 359 Pleasant Hill Road)
Part of the Robinson House
Benjamin Larrabee House
Alvin Larrabee House
Dr. Sturdivant [Sturtevant] House
The Thornton House (20 Black Point Road)
The Oliver House
The A I Plummer House
The “Old Red House” (Hunnewell House – 81 Black Point Road)
The Abraham Plummer House
The George Washington Libby House
John Adams Libby House
The Stanford House (194 Spurwink Road)
The Library (built in 1899 – 165 Black Point Road)
The Perry House (built by Alexander & Mary Prout Kirkwood – 534 Black Point Road)
The William H Googins House (built by Timothy McDanniel [McDaniel])
The A I Seavey House (394 Black Point Road)
The Eben Seavey House (386 Black Point Road)
The Kaler-Vaill House (built by James Frank Coolbroth – 382 Black Point Road)
The Atlantic House
The Robert Libby House
The Jorden Larrabee House
The Joseph Larrabee House
The Thomas Carter Libby House (27 Black Point Road)
The Freeman Libby House
The Parson Thompson House
The Lancaster-Libby House
The write-up text is included in the PDF book. Higher quality images of the houses are available from the Society for a small fee. Please contact the Society using the form below for further information.