The Stonington Economic Development Committee is collecting information about the buildings surrounding the harbor.
The goal, said SEDC member Evelyn Duncan, is to put together a walking map of downtown Stonington with interesting facts about the history of the older buildings, such as what businesses they have housed or how they were built.
Such a map could be used to encourage tourism and educate young people about the history of the town’s buildings, said Duncan.
Duncan said the SEDC has checked out the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society as a place to start, but wants members of the public to come forward with any information or history they might have with any historic buildings between the Isle au Haut Boat Company all the way through town until the end of North Main Street in front of Pres du Port.
“We want to bring knowledge and preservation to the very varied history of Stonington,” said Duncan. “The history of the town includes fishing, granite quarrying, canning, and tourism.”
The goal is to help bring more traffic to downtown businesses, said Duncan. “If it helps the shoulder seasons, or encourages people to stay one more day, then it’s effective.”
For instance, Duncan used the example of the town hall—which over the years has served as a school, a jail, a firehouse and a meeting place for a fraternal organization.
Duncan said there are potential grant monies available to help preserve and renovate older buildings. The SEDC is working with the nonprofit Maine Preservation to survey the historic buildings in town.
“We’re trying to keep Stonington, Stonington,” said Duncan.
Anyone with information is asked to email information or photographs to email@example.com. Information can also be mailed to the town hall at P.O. Box 9, Stonington 04681. Write “attention: Historic Map” on the envelope. Copies of photographs can also be made at the town hall.