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Castine – School

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During Lane's time the school in town that was visible from the water was the one that served as the high school and was a two-story building on the town green. The building is still standing and is called the Adams school; it is now Castine's elementary school. In his diary of 1852 John Stevens (Joseph Stevens's younger brother) documents his days at this school during the autumn hours when he was not bird hunting.

1852 Journal of John M. Stevens
John M. Stevens
September 1–November 18, 1852
Personal journal
Wilson Museum, Castine, Maine
Box 2, F1 (A00772)

John Stevens was the younger brother of Joseph Stevens, and acquainted with Lane, spending time with him in Gloucester and at the family home in Castine. His journal, quoted below, includes reference to hunting plover and teal, school, sailing, local events. Mentions Castine mill, lighthouse, and block house.

"Friday [September] 17th: Cloudy all day. Wind N. blowing quite hard. A British Rig loaded with salt from Liverpool came into port last night. She run way up by the Monument and got aground. They kedged her off this P.M. and came down. She came in with one of these old English charts as her guide. They have the town set down on the Brooksville side, two miles + three quarters from the lighthouse."

"Wednesday [September] 22. . .Went down to the Indians Camp on the Back Cove. There were five camps of them." 

Visits Gloucester from Castine:

"Wednesday [October] 27th. . .Left for Gloucester [from Boston] at 5 o'clock this P.M. arrived there safe + sound at 6 1/2 o'clock; went right down to the store and saw Joe. We then went up to his house and got supper.

"Thursday [October] 28th. At. Gloucester. Pleasant day. Went down to the "Cut" a gunning this morning before breakfast but saw no birds. Went out in the harbor this forenoon alone, had a fine sail but couldn't get a chance at any birds. Went out again this P.M. got down to East Point Light and the wind died all away, so I had to scull home."

"Friday 29th. Very pleasant day, went out in the harbor this morning with Joe. Took a walk this A.M. with "Lina", called on Mr. Lane + Doct. Hildreth. Joe + I went out in the harbor this P.M. I fired at some birds several times, but didn't get any. . . ."

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Also filed under: Biographical information »   //  Bird Hunting »   //  Castine »   //  Chronology »   //  Cut, The (Stacy Blvd.) »   //  Diaries / Ledgers / Etc. »   //  Stevens, Joseph, Jr. »

Castine Adams School
George E. Collins
Stereograph card
Castine Historical Society Collections (2007.09)

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Street map of Castine, Maine
Sponsored by the Castine Historical Society and the Castine Merchants' Association.
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