Stagecoach Watering Hole was one of those places that we passed up on the way to somewhere else. Steve was driving and I asked him to go back so he turned around and back we traveled. We actually do a lot of that and luckily he humors me when I find something that I would like to check out. Needless to say, I had to walk around and grab a couple of photos. There was nothing around that explained the significance of this place in the woods of Maine, other than a lot of signage that read Stagecoach Watering Hole. I took the photos and we moved on.
Once back home in North Carolina, I tried to find some information. The only information that I found was in a free newspaper from Rockland, Maine. It was called “The Free Press”. Really unique name, huh?😀 The article in its entirety is below.
“A watering stop originally constructed at the side of Hodgkins Hill Road in Jefferson for 19th-century stagecoaches was recently restored, fulfilling a dream of the late Lloyd Hodgkins, who discovered the remains of the well on his land years ago. Struck by the size and robust construction of the 18-foot-deep cistern, he did research that eventually revealed it was one of some 13 wells dug in the 1880s by the coach company along its Rockland-Augusta route to provide water for horses and passengers. Hodgkins, who hoped to preserve the site, passed away in 2012, but his plan was continued by his wife Peggy. The stones for the well-house were obtained by J.C. Stone from a 150-year-old Washington barn; Jefferson residents brought in rocks to line the walkway, and the old pulley for the well came from the Hodgkins Farmstead up the road. The stage route, originally a Native American trail to the trading post in Augusta, is now known as the Old Augusta Road; part of it, River Hill Road in Jefferson, joined Hodgkins Hill Road to what is now Route 32 by the old fire station in the Davis Stream Bridge area.” (source: The Free Press)
So there you have it. I’m glad that we stopped to take the photos of the Stagecoach Watering Hole, especially once I found the history of the place. Do you stop along side the road when you find out-of-the-way places like this?
As an aside, Steve and I have traveled the east coast quite a bit but I have not always been good at getting photos posted when we get home. Consequently, I have quite a few photos that no one has seen. I think that “Somewhere In” (add a state after the “in”) is a way for me to post some of the photos and show you some of the places that we have been. I hope that you enjoy them.