My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Freeport Community Library, Freeport, Maine -- State / Local History and Genealogy Room

"Windows to the World"

The Library is kind of hidden away, not on the main road, and looks like an old school. It looks like there were barn-like buildings on both sides, but I soon found out they are all attached. Since some of my pictures are rather dark, so I enlarged them because they are worth seeing. If you are ever in Freeport, I hope you stop in there, enjoy the building and catch your breath from shopping.
We entered into the Library and were greeted by the trees. Reference desk to the left.
Large reading room.

Below are seating areas.

A private porch meeting room! It is larger, but a patron was at a table behind me, so I moved up to take this. Imagine having a genealogy meeting here.
Lovely surprise to discover the Bartol Room (see the holdings) that "houses the library's local and state history collection as well as genealogical resources." They also have Library edition. What I would give to sit in there, look out the windows and dream about ancestors or research. The librarian was very helpful and was into genealogy. Unfortunately, she won't be there if you go, because she is retiring next month. When I took these photos, she had gone to get the director who then talked to me and showed me around.


Teen area.
The three photos below show how close you are in the woods. I was informed the architect is from Freeport and this was built on town land in 1997. The facility looks new, hard to believe it is almost 20 years old.

B. H. Bartol Library, a Carnegie Library built in 1905
The old Freeport Library building is still owned by the town but is rented to an outlet store next to L. L. Bean (to the right). One reason they had to move was because there was never any parking for the patrons. If you've ever been to Freeport, you know the shopping district is often one huge parking lot.