The Oldest Manufacturer

The Oldest Manufacturer (HM14G6)

Location: Belfast, ME 04915 Waldo County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 25.564', W 69° 0.157'

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— The Museum in the Streets —

Mathews Brothers Company, started in 1854 by Spencer Mathews and his two brothers, is the oldest manufacturing company in Belfast. After fire destroyed the original factory in 1873 (panel #24), the company reopened just 70 days later on this site. The mill produced doors, windows, and sashes, as well as custom ordered mouldings and trim, for a wide variety of customers. In 1899, after the deaths of the brothers, female members of the family took charge, making it the largest business owned and operated by women in Maine. The mill moved to a former shoe factory south of town in 1988 and the old building was removed in 1997. Mathews Brothers workers (photo c. 1890) pose for the camera before returning to their saws and planers.
HM NumberHM14G6
Marker Number27
Year Placed2004
Placed ByThe Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 6:29am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 499791 N 4919196
Decimal Degrees44.42606667, -69.00261667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 25.564', W 69° 0.157'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 25' 33.84" N, 69° 0' 9.42" W
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Area Code(s)207
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1170-1348 Cross St, Belfast ME 04915, US
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