Where in Maine?
Can you identify this relic of Maine’s fishing industry?
Until 1991, smoke rising from this wood-shingled building on the coast of Maine was a good sign, not a cause for alarm. Situated on one of the easternmost peninsulas in the contiguous United States, this building was Maine’s longest-operating smokehouse. Here, herring caught by fishermen were brought to shore and hung in the rafters to smoke before being shipped to markets across the world. The smokehouse employed both men and women and transformed this coastal town into a commercial hub. In the 1950s, the smokehouse operation was purchased by a new owner, whose name the building still retains. Shortly after production ceased in the early 90s, the site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, it serves as a museum to Maine’s maritime and fishing heritage. For more clues, see the front cover.
If you can identify this relic of Maine’s fishing industry, send us a note at P.O. Box 679, Camden, ME 04843; whip off an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or post a comment at DownEast.com. We’ll feature our favorite letter in an upcoming issue — and send the winner a Down East wall calendar.
Photographed by Pat and Chuck Blackley.