— The Museum in the Streets —The Williamson House was built in 1845 for prominent Belfast lawyer, businessman, and State Senator Joseph Williamson. It was later the house of his son, Joseph Williamson, Jr., who followed in his father's footsteps as a country lawyer. Joseph Williamson, Jr. is best known for writing The History of the City of Belfast, Maine, in two volumes. In 1853, he administered the oath of office to the first mayor, Ralph C. Johnson (panel #19), under the newly adopted City Charter. The Captain Ephraim McFarland house, to the left of the Williamson house, was built in 1799, and is considered to be the oldest remaining house on the west side of the harbor. During the war of 1812, British General Gerard Gosselin stayed in the house for six days while his 600 troops occupied the town (photo c. 1900).
|Placed By||The Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 2:56am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||19T E 499932 N 4918834|
|Decimal Degrees||44.42280000, -69.00085000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 44° 25.368', W 69° 0.051'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||44° 25' 22.08" N, 69° 0' 3.06" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 55 High St, Belfast ME 04915, US|
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