GAR Hall

GAR Hall, c.1900
GAR Hall, c.1900
GAR Hall today. Now known as Veterans Memorial Hall.
GAR Hall today. Now known as Veterans Memorial Hall.
Map detail (1855) showing GAR Hall building as Baptist vestry.
Map detail (1855) showing GAR Hall building as Baptist vestry.
GAR Hall Interior, 2013. Photograph by Thaddeus Holownia. PHOTO#: Green-6_Eastport 2013 28(ED)(72).jpg
GAR Hall Interior, 2013. Photograph by Thaddeus Holownia. PHOTO#: Green-6_Eastport 2013 28(ED)(72).jpg
Address:
6 Green Street
Eastport, Maine

EWT (2010): The American Legion/Vestry Green Street. This building was built in the 1820s or early 1830s as a vestry for the Baptist church. It was used by the Frontier Guards in the 1860s and later by the GAR., who let out the downstairs to the Salvation Army in the 1890s. Today the brass cannon that fired salutes next to the hall is now on the library lawn.

( ) From Eastport Sentinel, August 9, 1882, p.3,c.1: “The Baptist Chapel, on Green St., will be sold at public auction next Friday.”

( ) From Eastport Sentinel, October 4, 1882, p.3,c.1: “The Frontier Guards have purchased the Green Street Baptist Vestry of J.S. Pearce, Esq., who bought the building and land at a recent auction sale. The company has long required a suitable place for storing their rifles, uniforms, equipments and other State property, in connection with their drill room, and have now succeeded in getting such a place, which can be fitted up to suit their convenience and can be enlarged if necessary, as there is spare ground on each side of the building. The company at their Monday evening meeting unanimously voted to contribute the amounts due them for pay at their State muster in August, which with the amount voted by the town from armory rent received from the State, and contributions from our citizens, furnishes nearly enough to pay for the building.”

( ) From Eastport Sentinel, February 7, 1883, p.3,c.3: “The Leavitt Guards, the new reserve militia company, were organized at the Frontier Guards Armory last Thursday evening, Captain Nutt presiding over the election, which resulted as follows: J.M. Swett, Captain, John Abrams, 1st Lieut., Michael White, 2nd Lieut. The company has a good set of officers and an able looking lot of members. There are enough young men in Eastport for two good companies and the time they spend in drilling could be spent in many a worse way. They have hired the Green Street vestry occupied until recently by the North Church and have commenced drilling. Their chief ambition, some of them say, is to beat the Frontier Guards in drilling. Members of the latter company remark that the ambition is a worthy one and that the new company must attend strictly to business in order to get ahead of them. A friendly rivalry will do no harm and will be an incentive to both companies.”

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