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Waldoboro, Maine

HistoryEdit Friendship Street c. 1920 In 1629 the area that would become Waldoboro was granted to John Beauchamp of London and Thomas Leverett of Boston, England and was known as the Muscongus Patent.[7] The patent lay dormant until 1719 when Leverett’s great-grandson, John Leverett, President of Harvard College, revived the ancient claim and formed the Lincolnshire Proprietors, also known as the Ten Proprietors, so named for the ten shares distributed, one to each member. General Samuel Waldo of Boston acquired a controlling interest in the patent in 1729 and it henceforward become known as the Waldo Patent.[8][9] First called Broad Bay, the village was settled between 1733 and 1740, but suffered a devastating attack as part of the Northeast Coast Campaign (1746) by Native Americansallied with New France during King George's War. Houses were burned and inhabitants killed or carried away as captives. Survivors fled to the nearby settlements of St. George orPemaquid. Peace returned with the 1748 Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle.[10] In 1752-1753, Samuel Waldo, son of the general Jonathan Waldo, visited Germany and recruited about 1,500 immigrants to Waldoboro on the ship Lydia. Some were followers ofMartin Luther and Huldrych Zwingli but they did not immigrate for religious reasons like the Pilgrims but for "...increasing their worldly goods.",[11] most from theRhineland.[citation needed] Waldo hired Sebastian Zouberbuhler as an agent. Many settled on the western side of Broad Bay, although in 1763-1764 the land was claimed under thePemaquid Patent. About 300 residents moved to the Moravian settlements in what is nowForsyth County, North Carolina, but the remainder bought their properties. On June 29, 1773, the township was incorporated as Waldoborough, named for the original proprietor.[2][3][10] Waldoboro became county seat of Lincoln County in 1786, but the designation would shift to Wiscasset in 1880. Farms produced hay and potatoes. The Knox and Lincoln Railroadarrived and spurred the town's development. Industries would include an iron foundry mill, a carding and cloth-dressing mill, a grain mill, sawmills and planing mills and molding mills, a door, sash and blind factory, and a carriage factory. There were also marble and granite yards and a pottery. But ship building was the principal business, with eight large vessels built in 1880.[12] During the 19th century Maine became famous for its great shipbuilding center. Waldoboro was the launching port for theGovernor Ames in 1888, the first five masted schooner.[13] The Governor Ames was built in Waldoboro's Leavitt Storer Shipyard.[14] A port of entry, the town features an 1857 custom house designed by Ammi B. Young. Waldoboro is also known for the Waldoboro style of hooked rugs,[15] the Waldoboro green neck turnip,[16] Moody's Diner and Morse's Saurkraut,[17] and Fawcetts Toy Museum.[18] Places listed on the National Register of Historic PlacesEdit German Church and Cemetery[19]Ludwig, Godfrey, HouseReed, Co. Isaac G. HouseU.S. Customhouse and Post OfficeWaldo Theatre built by Carroll CooneyWaldoborough Town Pound Waldoboro fire hand-pumper Triumph and hose reel. This image is available from the New York Public Library's Digital Library under the digital ID G89F253_015F

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