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Freeport Historical Society Annual Meeting
April 27, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
After a brief business meeting to celebrate the their 50th Anniversary, elect trustees, and present annual awards, the Annual Meeting of the Freeport Historical Society will feature a presentation by Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth, Jr. The presentation, “Roadside Freeport” uses historic postcards to tell the story of Freeport from the 1920s to 1950s. Refreshments will be served before the meeting.
As automobile tourism expanded after World War I, overnight cabins, restaurants, and souvenir shops developed along Maine’s Route I. Beginning in the mid-1920s, Freeport experienced a proliferation of tourist cabins on two sections of Route I, the Yarmouth Road to south of the village and the Brunswick Road to the north. These cabins included the Dutch Village Motor Court, Half Moon Cabins, Maine Idyll Cabins, Roseland Cabins, Sims Overnight Camps, and the Wayside Inn. Of these, only the Maine Idyll remains in business today. In the 1950s motels such as the Casco Bay and the Eagle began to spell the end of the motor courts.