History of Route 1 explored

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On Thursday, Aug.  19 at 4:30 p.m., Boothbay Region Historical Society presents the illustrated talk “Roadside Maine, The Development of Route One, 1900 – 1950,” with Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth. 

The coming of the automobile in the early 1900s forever changed the experience of traveling on the Maine Coast from Kittery to Calais. Roads were widened and paved, and all manner of commercialism developed along the roadside - gas stations, tourist cabins, motels, souvenir shops, and attractions such as the Desert of Maine in Freeport and Perry's Nut House in Belfast.  Using old postcards, Earle Shettleworth will take us on a lighthearted journey along the Route 1 of 75 to 100 years ago. 

Earle Shettleworth has lectured and written extensively on Maine history and architecture.  He is past director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, past president of the Maine Historical Society, and past president of the New England Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians.

Admission is free, however, reservations are required for both for attendance in person and for Zoom.  To reserve a seat at Boothbay Region Historical Society for the talk please email us at brhs@gei.net or call us at 207-633-0820, and to request a Zoom link please email us at brhszoom@gmail.com

Boothbay Region Historical Society is located at 72 Oak Street in Boothbay Harbor.



Event Date: 

Thu, 08/19/2021 - 4:30pm


72 Oak Street
Boothbay Harbor  Maine  04538
United States