Honored Speaker: Earle Shettleworth Jr.
Saturday, April 27th at 4:00 pm
Freeport Community Services: 53 Depot Street
Please join us for a brief business meeting to celebrate our 50th Anniversary, elect trustees, and present annual awards.
The meeting will be followed by “Roadside Freeport,” from Maine State Historian and son of a Freeport shop owner, Earle Shettleworth Jr.
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.
Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. will illustrate his lecture on Roadside Freeport with period post cards and advertising brochures.