A Benevolent Bequest

A Benevolent Bequest (HM14CB)

Location: Belfast, ME 04915 Waldo County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 25.516', W 69° 0.293'

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— The Museum in the Streets —

The Construction of a public library was made possible in 1888 by a bequest of $20,000 from merchant Paul R. Hazeltine. He directed that a handsome, substantial, fireproof building be erected on a suitable spot. Built of red granite and trimmed with Somerville gray granite, it is the first Belfast structure to be built entirely of stone rather than wood or brick. When the library opened there were 2,033 volumes on the shelves. Joseph Williamson, Jr. (panel #6) served as President of the Board of Trustees until his death in 1902. The Grammans Reading Room was added in 1931, and a four-story addition was completed in 2000.

At the time of library construction the Robert Miller house (1792) was the oldest house in Belfast and was moved to make room for the library.

HM NumberHM14CB
Marker Number5
Year Placed2004
Placed ByThe Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 2:34pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 499611 N 4919108
Decimal Degrees44.42526667, -69.00488333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 25.516', W 69° 0.293'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 25' 30.96" N, 69° 0' 17.58" W
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Area Code(s)207
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 106 High St, Belfast ME 04915, US
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