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Wolf's Neck, The Gem of Casco Bay,
The Charming Suburb of Freeport, Maine,
With Its Many Important Industries and Superior Granite Productions.
(Page 1)

(Circa 1889)


By George H. Haynes, Portland, Maine.

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Title Page
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The Illustrations, Printing, and Binding of this Book were
Executed at The Lakeside Press, Portland, Maine.

Photograph of E. Mallet

* * * Wolf's Neck. * * *


Freeport's Charming Suburb.

This gem of Casco Bay has Indian history and tales of warfare connected with its early period, the historian giving us facts back to early 1600, the dark days of Indian warfare; and the mounds, shell heaps, and Indian relics prove the tales of legendary lore and suggestion the following lines:

"Well may the race of paler hue
As antiquarians, fondly view
The ashy mould and mounds that strew
The sweet and lovely scene;
For pipes of peace and armor rare,
Beneath Times moldering touch are there,
Where haughty braves have been.

"'Tis said to-day, and truly told,
That warrior brave and chieftain bold
Made this their "Castle Keep of old,
When redskins scorned to toil;
Well was it fitted for the shock,
By ambush deep and rugged rock,
The sternest tribe to foil."

But it is the beauties of to-day that we write of at this charming "Gem of the Bay," with its lovely location, easy approachability, and its charming succession of sea-shore landscapes, into which are woven such charms of history and tradition; its lovely shell-carpeted beaches, the splendid view of its seemingly endless emerald islands, forest clad, which pass through every shade of color, from the vivid green to rich dark brown, as the sun changes.  The foliage is beautiful at any season of the year, but in autumn it offers a revelation in its gorgeous-tinted colorings, as viewed along the scenic drives, or seen from the deck of the swift-sailing yachts or steamers, either of which offer fine advantages to the tourist to secure a realization of the myriad beauties of Wolf's Neck, which, when seen, will be appreciated and form the theme for thousands of admiring visitors; and poets, painters, and scholars will vie with each other in tributes of praise of this beautiful region-this veritable "Garden of Eden," where nature has been so lavish with her beauties.  From the Point, one can see forty emerald islands (including Louisville and Indiana, soon to be the summer home of several Chicago capitalists).  The land-locked bay, full of finny denizens, and gems of marine views by the hundreds, making it "one of the most beautiful places on the coast of Maine," with its superb location and the peculiar phenomena of wind and wave that exist in the immediate locality.

Wolf's Neck is about one and one-half miles long, and varies in width from a third of a mile to less.  A growth of pine and other evergreen trees lends attractiveness to the upper part of the Point, while towards the lower and narrower part groves of tall and majestic oak, clear of underbrush and capable of wonderful improvement under the eye of the landscape gardener, are the splendid adornments which nature has added to the commanding rise of land that extends almost to the extremity of the Point.  From the highest part of this land the sea and land views are very fine.  On the one side is the Harraseeket River, sparkling in the sunlight; in front is Casco Bay with its islands, and beyond the islands the Atlantic in full view; and on the other side is Casco Bay again.  Turning from the sea view on three sides to the land view, the eye ranges up a long valley where are some of the best farms and pleasantest villages in Maine.  "The Point is, therefore, in the bay rather than on it, and the saline elements of which the atmosphere is largely constituent come in fresh on every breeze, whether it blows from landside to ocean.  This water-born air is always fresh, and to its influence is due that piquancy of atmospheric surroundings which exhilarates the visitor as soon as he sets foot in this favored region.  The air, which

'Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself
Unto our gentle senses,'

is as pure as that brewed in the midst of the great deep, and as no contaminating influences of the land are allowed to weaken its force, it permeates every part of the Neck, in all the briskness of its normal state, only tempered by the warmer currents from the inland waters.  It is light and buoyant in effect, and as it inflates the lungs of one who experiences it for the first time, the result is akin to that which would be produced by the drinking of a beaker of effervescent wine.  To the sick and enfeebled, the inspiration of this ocean ozone is magical in its effectiveness, while those in the pride of perfect health are thrilled with a new vitality.  It paints the cheek with the roseate hue of health, and infuses into the blood a new and enlivened activity.  In fact, it is the ideal spot of charming Casco Bay, and the loveliness which invests this region is not easily described by words nor shown by brush or pencil.  The health seeker, the sportsman, the student, the artist, the scientist, the practical tourist, the pleasure wanderer, or the mere idler, can each find something to his liking.  The combination of bays and sheltered nooks, of forests and lawn-like openings, of long, green shores winding in curves of symmetrical beauty, of projecting promontories and gleaming beaches, of entrancing islands, shrub and vine adorned, and of charms and changes wrought by the crafty hands of art and labor, will compare favorably with resorts more widely known and better appreciated.  Days may be spent steaming, rowing, and sailing over the bay, for it is the finest land-locked bay in Maine, and camping and resting on its shores, fishing or bathing in its clear waters, hunting in the woods or driving around the country-the roads are always good-and one can scarcely exhaust the changing panoramic features which pass through the eye in ever new and witching forms of beauty.  Wild, and in the bosom of the woods, yet it is but a short run from the life of great cities.  Here, in the joyous heart of nature, health and freedom meet all the demands of civilization upon a common level.  All the diversities of taste, desire, and habit can be gratified.  One can live in the whirl of the utmost gaiety, the outburst of exuberant life, or in the most complete exclusion.  Here the brain-worker can find respite from mental activity, and the tired multitude loosen the tension of daily effort."  Here the sportsman can lure fish from the deep and fill his bags with wild fowl, for the country abounds in game of a varied character:  deer, fox, rabbit, squirrel, partridge, woodcock, grouse, yellow legs, peep, ring-necks, plover, black and canvas-back duck.  On the shore are coots, loons, gulls, sheldrakes, etc.  In the lakes and ponds, trout, pickerel, bass, and perch furnish abundant fresh-water fishing; while deep-sea fishing is to be had within sight of the Point-cod, haddock, mackerel, and blue-fish.  Shell-fish are plentiful on the shore, seals frequent the ledges, and that section of the coast is famous for its lobsters and clams.  There are a number of islands not heretofore mentioned, the nesting place of countless water-fowl.  Here the invalid can bathe in the waters and win renewed strength from out the balmy air.  Fair as a vision, yet open to the every-day world; bright as a poetic fancy, yet blessed with every known comfort-the delights of the wilderness and of the city go hand in hand.

  • Residence of E. B. Mallet, Jr.

    Residence of E. B. Mallet, Jr.

  • General Office.

    General Office

  • View of Lumber, Etc.

    View of Lumber

  • View of Houses for Employes (Page 10).

    View of Houses for Employes.

  • View of Houses for Employes (Page 12).

    View of Houses for Employes

  • Grist Mill.

    Grist Mill.

  • Grain Store.

    Grain Store

Wolf's Neck has al the advantages of location and surroundings that is claimed by the writer, which only have to be seen to convince the most skeptical.  And no place on the Maine coast with so many attractions is so easy of access.  For parties in Boston or New York, or in fact any part of New England, who wish a summer home for their families where they can visit them, pass Sunday, and return to their business within twelve hours, will find it here.  Leaving New York or any part of New England, it is only a short ride via Portland and the scenic Maine Central Railroad, which has such excellent service, to Freeport.  From there it is a beautiful drive of five miles over a foliaged-fringed highway through the cool, green aisles of the forest from the busy town.  Or coming to Portland by rail, elegant steamers can be taken several times a day, whose course is among the beautiful emerald islands of the lovely Casco Bay, which presents a panorama unrivaled and strikingly impressive, with its combination of land and sea, so graphically described by Portland's honored poet, James Phinney Baxter:

There's never a wandered from thy shores,
O bay of the many isles,
But turns to thee with a longing love
Begotten of teams and smiles,
As he thinks of thee, far away;
O, dear old Casco Bay.

This section, which we so inadequately describe, is the property solely of E. B. Mallet, Jr., Esq. of Freeport, who proposes at an early day to develop the advantages which nature has made possible, the crowning glory of which will be factory, saw and grist mill, granite quarries, granite and marble manufactory, specimens of statues, etc., etc., also a general view of street and the style of dwellings he is building.  An idea of the extent of his business is given in the fact that his industries gives (sic) employment to two hundred and fifty persons.  At his grist mill he weekly grinds one thousand bushels of grain and feed.

He has recently erected an elegant business block on Main Street, 100 x 74 feet, which he occupies as a wholesale and retail general store.  The basement is for storage of heavy goods.  On the first floor is the handsome dry and fancy goods department, 100 x 38 feet, finished in hard white-wood and pine, finely polished.  The whole front is plate glass.  The counters show elaborate panels and finish; the upright show cases, tasty designs; swinging stools are attached to each counter, and the whole arrangement of this department shows artistic finish and furnishings which equal those in any city.  Opening out of this department is the grocery and provision department, 100 x 36 feet, arranged with all modern fixtures.  The third floor is arranged for private office and storage.  The entire building is heated by steam.  This business is managed by E. S. Soule of the dry goods department, and W. A. Davis in the grocery, provision, and general merchandise department.  As the granite business is what we give the most space to in this work, we give a brief description of its formation, etc.

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