Connecting Maine’s Capitals by Stagecoach
a talk with Leland J. Hanchett, Jr
Tuesday, October 13, 6-7pm
By 1692 the District of Maine was incorporated with Massachusetts. Maine then had its capital in Boston where it would remain for the next 128 years, and representatives from Maine who attended government sessions in Boston, as well as businessmen and general public, would need to travel many miles to reach the capital and commerce center in Boston. Maine became a state in 1820 with the capital at Portland, and in 1827 Augusta was designated as Maine’s new capital city. As Maine’s seat of government made plans to move, travel between Portland and Augusta became essential and the stagecoaches were there to provide a crude but acceptable means.
Join us for this talk on the building of roads, stage line formation, and network of taverns and stage stops during Maine’s earliest years of statehood and learn about the people and ideas that helped make the state of Maine what it is today.
Leland J. Hanchett, Jr. is the author of Connecting Maine’s Capitals by Stagecoach.
Cost: Free and open to the public, registration is required.
Location: online via Zoom, limited to 500 attendees.