Sign Number: 2
Location: Valle Real Estate Building Winthrop and Water St.
James Ingraham’s residence and grocery store occupied this site in the early 1800’s. It was a favorite gathering spot for the men in town and famous for its stock of rum and fine wines. Both the home and the business were destroyed in the Great Fire of 1826. City Hall stands today where the residence was located.
This present brick building was built the same year and has since housed a hardware business, the American Advocate newspaper, the Hallowell Social Library, the City fire station and the lodge of the International Order of Odd Fellows. The son of James Ingraham, Rev. J.H. Ingraham, was a popular 19th Century writer who wrote novels with biblical themes. He was one of the first American writers to sell over a million copies of his work.
The Hallowell Museum in the Streets is a project of Row House Inc. and the Hallowell Area Board of Trade, made possible by Patron Grants from Gardiner Savings Bank of Maine, Mattson Development, LLC and The Wolfington Auto Group.
The project was underwritten Vallee Real Estate.
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