New Stuff

National Register Sites – Mapped!

In Spring 2019 I learned about Story Maps, and so this summer I decided to make an interactive map showing all of Biddeford’s National Register of Historic Places sites. Mobile and desktop friendly, it will bring you to all the National Register locations in our fair city. All mistakes and omissions are mine, but as of January 2020 it should be up-to-date. Enjoy!!

Here is a short link, for your convenience: https://arcg.is/1mXG5i

New Stuff, Updates

19th c. Main Street Maps!

Detail from the 1884 map – Main near Franklin Street!

As mentioned in the May 16th Biddeford-Saco Courier, we are thrilled to a virtual unveilling of the two maps we recently had conserved and digitized by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) in North Andover, Mass. (The maps are super huge, and we are still trying to figure out how to display them in real life…stay tuned for that!)

Both maps are a wonderful records of Biddeford’s Main Street Historic District, which has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2009. (Oh and also portions of that little area called the Mills Historic District? Also on National Register? You probably haven’t heard about it though…) 😛

You can find full records of each map in the library’s catalog – but we’ve got digital copies right here for you to download and enjoy absolutely free, thanks to the support of the AWESOME Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation. ENJOY!

(Psst…the maps are huge, so be prepared if you aren’t downloading from a fast network…)

DOWNLOAD THE 1884 MAP ~ DOWNLOAD THE CIRCA 1890 MAP

New Stuff, Resources

Biddeford Cemetery Maps

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Greenwood Cemetery (detail view), Biddeford, Maine.

[This post originally had a crazy title, because I was thrilled about finding these materials. I’ve since toned it down for ease of linking and reading. -Renee]

FOLKS.

Sorry. I know it is terrible netiquette to write in all caps, but I am so excited! While looking for an item that I had digitized, I stumbled across the MOST AMAZING FIND. Our glorious State of Maine has digitized maps of most of the cemeteries in Biddeford!

I KNOW, RIGHT!?

I believe that this now gives us all access to maps of all the large cemeteries in Biddeford. The State maps are WPA maps, and therefore dated, but something is better than nothing! And hopefully will help you get started. Click on the links below to access the maps. Enjoy!

WOODLAWN CEMETERY (*May show up as “Woodland” but will be fixed soon, it’s definitely Woodlawn.)
ST. MARY’S CEMETERY
ST. JOSEPH’S CEMETERY – MAP A
ST. JOSEPH’S CEMETERY – MAP B
ST. JOSEPH’S CEMETERY – MAP C
ST. JOSEPH’S CEMETERY – MAP D
ST. DEMETRIOS CEMETERY (Up to date, accessed via the Church website)
GREENWOOD CEMETERY – MAP A
GREENWOOD CEMETERY – MAP B
GREENWOOD CEMETERY – MAP C

Updates

That old map magic

Well, the conservation work on the 1848 map of the Lands of the Saco Water Power Company (a.k.a. all of downtown Biddeford and Saco), financed by an IMLS American Heritage Preservation grant, was completed last fall; the facsimile copy was framed by the fabulous folks at Saco Frame Center and now hangs for public view in the Henrietta Carroll Room here at the library.

Map as it hangs in the Carroll Room, McArthur Library
Map as it hangs in the Carroll Room, McArthur Library.

The original map, put back together and encapsulated, is snug in the locked flat file, safe and sound for (we hope) another 164 years. Already we have had the opportunity to share the map scan with patrons who are doing research on the mills, the water works, and downtown. How awesome is that? But now we can share it with the world. Check it out!

New Stuff

More map love!

The Library has a photostat of the 1851 Walling map of Biddeford & Saco, and due to such high demand we decided to try and scan it to improve access. Well, we did it! The map came out pretty decent, albeit with some flaws, but hey! Something is better than nothing! We are in the works of trying to add it to our website, so stay tuned! I’ve uploaded a little teaser…enjoy!

Walling map detail
Walling map detail