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Home History Around Town Homes


Lincoln was incorporated in 1829. Did you know that many of the town's oldest structures are still here today? In this section, we'll be investigating these historic buildings. If you know of a Lincoln landmark that's been around since the early years, let us know! Here are some of the beautiful old homes that grace Lincoln's streets:

This home on Frost Street was built in 1834

The Corro house, built in the 1830s, is next to the Lincoln Memorial Library. It is now the museum for the Lincoln Historical Society.

The home where ABC Glass is located on West Broadway was built in the 1820s.

This home on Main St. has been around since 1827. It was built by Aaron Warren Huntress, who was one of Lincoln's earliest settlers. It's the oldest house in Lincoln still on its original foundation and site. 

This house on Main St. was home to Walter and Frances Cameron for many years.

This home on Lee Road once belonged to Dr. McNamara. It is now the Methodist parsonage.

High Street (now called Enfield Road) has many older homes. We received some information about this home. CLICK HERE.

This home on the Enfield Rd. dates from 1825. It has undergone extensive renovations since this photo was taken.

This beautiful old house is on Pleasant Street.

This house is on Taylor Street.

This home near Marden's back parking lot on Fleming St. has been around since the 1820s.

This stately house dating from around 1910 is on Main Street near the Ballard Hill Community Center.

Another of High Street's beautiful older homes.

This home is on Lee Road.

Dottie Harding sent us some information about the Lee Road home above. She writes, "Della M. Potter (1893-1986) who grew up at Caribou Pond told that she frequently visited her maternal grandmother, Susan Averill Ludden (1828-1907) the widow of John E. Ludden, who lived here. By the dates offered, the time frame would have been between 1893 (when Della was born) and 1907 (when her grandmother died). Not sure when Susan moved here. Her husband died in 1882 in Lee. Susan's oldest son and bachelor, Sewell "Roscoe" Ludden (1850-1915), lived here with his mother for some of that time. The two other sons lived in Washington state. Her daughters were Granville Gerry's wife, Anna, and Dan Potter's wife, Lucy."

Page's house on Lee Road was built quite some time ago. Mrs. Page told us she has seen old photos of the Methodist Church that show the house in the background.

This house on Lee Road once belonged to optometrist Dr. Heal and his family.

This is yet another older home on High Street.

The Lincoln Center Baptist Church was built in 1844. Can anyone give us some information about this building?

This older home on Lee Road has been torn down.

This house that was next to Clay Funeral Home and was last owned by the Clay family, was torn down in the fall of 2012.

Dottie Harding wrote to us with more information about the Lee Road house above. She says, "I believe it was known by many as the Hamilton home in the 60's/70's era, but before that time....Joyce P. Harding was born in this house, home to her paternal grandfather, Daniel S. Potter (1860-1939), who had a fox farm in the fields behind these buildings into the 1930's. Raised at Caribou Pond, the Potter children were adults when Dan and his wife moved into town. His wife died on Nov 11, 1923. (An incidental note, the same night that the KKK burned a cross on Fish Hill.) Dan's daughter Della kept house for him and lived here after his death, before moving into a two room "cabin" next door. This "cabin" was once utilized in the fields of the fox farm." 


This house on School Street was once the home of Frank Delle and his family. Frank started Lincoln's radio station, WLKN.

Rare old Lightning Rod.

The Edwards house on the Transalpine Road is part of Lincoln's history. For a look back in time, click here to read May Edwards Bailey's account of the earliest settlers in this part of town.


"Coburn House" To Be Demolished
December 30 - The "Coburn House", or as it's been known for a while, "The Subway House", on West Broadway is being torn down to make parking room for the new Subway that's been built behind it this fall. It's one of the few houses remaining in what was once a little family neighborhood on Route 2. Over the years it has served many purposes, a residence, a Christian bookstore, and a real estate office to name a few before becoming a Subway franchise several years ago.
Before the old house was a business location, it served many years as a home. Walter and Mae Coburn raised their four daughters, Ada, Brenda, Natalie and Susan there. Sue Coburn Shorey now lives in Orono, and sent us a few photos of her family and their house. We've included them here, along with some recent pictures.
Walter and Mae Coburn with their daughters, Ada, Brenda, Natalie and Susan. Photos courtesy of Sue Coburn Shorey
- Lee & Connie Rand


UPDATE : This photo taken in the early 50s shows the Coburn house in the background. Wondering where the road is? Back then it was a wonderful frog pond! That's me on the left, and my brother Alan on the right. Our father took this picture of us on our front lawn.
- Connie (Stockley) Rand