Chesterville Heritage Society Says Fire Station Built in 1961 Would Make a Fine Place to Showcase Chesterville’s Heritage, If It Had Any

Chesterville, Maine abandoned fire station

Chesterville Heritage SocietyCHESTERVILLE — The efforts of Chesterville Heritage Society members and volunteers is turning a former fire station in Chesterville Center into a place to collect, preserve and present the town’s heritage for the community. The building was given to the Heritage Society when the town’s two fire departments combined, secretary Cindy Whittier said. The group has held public suppers and raised funds for several years for the building renovation. The two-story structure dates back to 1961, according to writing on the cement floor. Renovations include a new roof that was finished last week, and cleaning, painting and testing the original fire whistle on the roof.  (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

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2 Comments on "Chesterville Heritage Society Says Fire Station Built in 1961 Would Make a Fine Place to Showcase Chesterville’s Heritage, If It Had Any"

  1. John Kidle | July 31, 2012 at 10:38 AM |

    Lucky thing they found that writing on the floor because I’m sure building records don’t go way back to 1961. But what’s with the Historic Society’s plan to take electricity to the building? This really isn’t consistent with historic preservation since everyone knows electricity didn’t come to Chesterville until 1973 (North Chesterville in 1976) as an inadvertent byproduct of CMP running a new line to service the Vienna/Flying Pond area.

  2. Hi John- Good points. Of course I’m curious how the local historians could have read the writing on the floor. Back in the dark, ancient, primordial times of 1961, wouldn’t that writing be cuneiform? Or perhaps just cave paintings of oxen or something.

    And what is this “electricity” you speak of? Are your referring to that wizardry that Tesla was monkeying around with a few years back? That’ll never catch on in Maine.

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