The following articles were taken from past issues of our municipal newsletter, Portland... On the Move, and are listed according to dates of publication. The original monthly column was called Portland History, Carved in Stone.
- Portland Quarries. An introduction to the Brownstone Quarries of earlier times, written by Jack Dillon. Jack discusses some of his own discoveries, studying a ledger book from way back then. Some of the notations are priceless!
- Portland Country Market. Every building has its history, and this one is a real connection to the past! We still shop there! Check out the history of Portland Country Market. By Doris Sherrow.
- The Old Town Hall. When moving to the new Town Hall (formerly Central School), we wanted some information about the old Town Hall. What we found was that Portland had quite a few sites from where municipal services were managed.
- A Portland Revolutionary War Veteran. Another fascinating 2 part series. This one is about Samuel Cooper, a soldier from the Revolutionary War. Doris gives us a look into his personal life, and the difficulties of the times.
- Becoming Portland. "What's in a name? Portland, by any other name, would smell as sweet..." Well, Portland was known by several other names prior to 1841. Will those in charge please make up their mind?
- Cato Freeman. Doris Sherrow shares some insight on the life of a black slave who once lived in Portland. As his name suggests, he was eventually emancipated, having served in the Revolutionary War.
- Doris Sherrow explores the lives of Job Bates (the man who built her house in the 18th century) and some of his children. A fascinating look at real people who were impacted by the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.
- While relating the tragic tale of the unexpected demise of Mr. Charles Williams, Doris paints a picture in words describing what a familiar section of Portland looked like in the early to mid-nineteenth century.
- Want to see a section of Main Street that still portrays what Portland looked like in the 1890s? This article describes where to look, and some of the history behind the buildings and sites.