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Vintage Road Tour

Mount Royal Motel
Summer of ’65 at Mount Royal Motel, Old Orchard Beach, now an America’s Best Value Inn. 📷 Aladdin Color Inc / Contributor

In the early days of the Great Depression, Freeport lumberman Ernest Marstaller made the best of a bad situation. He allowed a contractor to work off a debt by building 10 cabins on his property just north of the village. With that, Marstaller became Freeport’s newest courtier, joining several local business owners who had already responded to America’s burgeoning love affair with auto touring by offering a new kind of lodging: furnished, drive-up-to-the-door cabins that were a few steps up from camping and a few rungs shy of a hotel.

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