Poland Spring

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In 1794, Jabez Ricker traded his land in Alfred to the local Shaker community for property in present-day Poland. Shortly after his arrival, travelers came looking for a place to stay, and the Ricker family began its first inn. In 1844, Hiram Ricker, a grandson of Jabez, discovered the curative powers of the mineral spring on the property and began to share the water with family and friends. Within another half century, sales of the water prompted the building of the Poland Spring House, a summer hotel that eventually had more than 500 rooms and the first golf course at a resort in the country; the purchase of the Maine State Building from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago; and many other ingenious and trend-setting innovations.
ISBN: 9780738565750
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Maine
Series: Images of America
Images: 205
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The Poland Spring Preservation Society and its executive director, Jason C. Libby, have gone through their extensive archives to present the history of Poland Spring. The society was formed in 1976 to preserve the Maine State Building and All Souls Chapel, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Their mission is to preserve and share the remarkable story of Poland Spring.