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Contacting Us & Resources for Researching Your Cottage
There are many ways to discover the history of your cottage, and the reference material listed below are available through the Research Library at Old York Museums.
Common Research Questions:
1930 Cottage Booklet
1930 Cottage Booklet - This is a 60 page softcover booklet that was published by the York Harbor Improvement Society in 1930 and contains a comprehensive list of York Harbor cottages, their owners, a photograph of the cottage, and in some cases a floor plan drawing. In the back of the booklet is a fold out map of York Harbor with annotation of individual cottages reference number. With this booklet, you would be able to locate a specific cottage, the owner (as of 1930), see a photo of that cottage, and understand where that cottage is located – for example on the ocean, the harbor or up on Sentry Hill. This is probably the single most comprehensive document of the York Harbor Cottages as they were in 1930 and forms the baseline for the York Harbor Cottage Project.
Click this link for a digitized version of the publication by the Maine State Library: http://statedocs.maine.gov/books/1/
1896 - York, Maine: Bureau of Information and Illustrated History of the Most Famous Summer Resort on the Atlantic Coast.
This is one of the first promotional books on York, York Harbor and York Beach. It has a history of York and many photos of cottages, hotels and sights in the area. It also contains many specific EB Blaisdell buildings and cottages and reference to him being the architect or builder for that structure. Now available through Google Books -see the link below.
Google Books: https://books.google.com/books?id=8zQIvmHaY1wC&pg=PT85&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=3#v=onepage&q&f=false
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (1896, 1905, 1913, 1923, 1945). These are large, multi-sheet maps that cover the areas of York and York Harbor. These maps represent a significant documentation of cottage locations a valuable information resource to the York Harbor Cottage Project. Not all years cover all physical areas, and they are sometimes a little tricky to find an area since a single sheet may contain street areas from multiple locations in York. Every structure (cottage, hotel and inn) is represented, along with roads, driveways, and smaller structures such as garages, sheds and greenhouses. Since these are insurance maps the purpose was to determine where a structure might be located relative to an access road, and water supply. In each survey (1896, 1905, etc.) some of the structures would change (additions, elimination due to fire, etc.) and the maps would be updated by pasting a new image on the previous survey’s map. In some cases you can see where a structure was located as the image was erased leaving a faint image on the map.
Cottage Lists (1903-1953)
Cottage Lists - between the years of 1903 and 1953 an individual softcover pamphlet was created that recorded the names of individual summer residents in York Harbor and which cottage (by name) they were staying for the summer. These are helpful to associate a specific family name and a cottage. Because the cottage lists cover 50 years, you can sometime see a family visiting York Harbor and renting a cottage for a few years, and then building their own cottage a few years later. Additionally, when a cottage name drops off the list, it may be an indication of a cottage burning down, or being renamed.
Books & Other Resources
Maine Summer Colonies
Specific Shingle-Style Architects (Historic)
Other Site Links
Down East Dilettante - Tales & Strong Opinions, From Maine, Regarding Architecture, Art, Books, Design, & Landscape
Cottages of Mount Desert Island - part of the Mount Desert Island Cultural History Project