Saturday, September 12, 2009
A visit to Stroudwater Village - Portland, Maine
The Tate House in Portland, Maine was built in 1755 for Captain George Tate (1700-1794) and his family in the Stroudwater Village section of Portland. I love the fence.
From their website:
Tate served as the Senior Mast Agent for the British Royal Navy, overseeing the cutting and shipping of white pines from Maine to England. By law all white pine trees over twenty four inches in diameter were the property of the King and were marked with the sign of a “broad arrow” (three axe slashes). George Tate was responsible for the overseeing of the marking, removal, and loading of these “sticks” (as they were called) into the holds of ships waiting in he Fore River so they could be transported to the great shipbuilding cities in England.
It's fun to take a walk around Stroudwater village, Portland's first settlement.
I need to get back there someday to go into the museum.