Artifact: Ticket Stub for New England & Acadia Steamship Company, 1884

Description: Heather Leighton found in the cupboard of her recently-purchased home in Hancock, Maine, a ticket stub for New England & Acadia Steamship Company from circa 1884, along with a Thurston, Hall & Company Crackers tin. Leighton conducted some research and believes that, based on the area where she is from, the steamship ticket could be related to the Waukeag Station Railway.










Oral History:

Oral History Transcription:

Lillian Heather Leighton (LL) interviewed by Betsy Hewlett (BH), August 3, 2018.

BH – This is Betsy Hewlett and I am interviewing for the History Harvest project. I’m interviewing Lillian Heather Leighton and she has a friend with her too in the room who is called the “Tag-a-long” and it’s August 3, 2018 and this is part of the Mount Desert Island historical Society’s History Harvest. So what can you tell me about what you brought?

LL – Well about a month ago I purchased my first home on Hancock Point, it’s on the Eastside Road and the house was built in 1890. They had flipped it, renovated it, and stripped it down to the studs. We did everything and I fell in love with it, so I had to have it. It was about two days after moving in and I was cleaning the cupboards so I could put my dishes in there and I ran into something, so of course I thought, “What is this” and I picked it up and there was a steamship company ticket.

BH — So this is a ticket from the New England and Acadia Steamship Company. Do you have any idea of the date of this?

LL — It does say 1884. That’s when something became in effect, so I have to imagine it’s really close to that date.

BH – Do you think it’s ever been moved from where you found it?

LL – It had to have been. They said it’s [the house] is 1890 but back then they probably weren’t really sure. So I think they may have rounded. In my mind this probably moved to the house when they built it.

BH – So you don’t know… so who owned the house before you. Do you know, other than the flippers who built the house?

LL – I don’t.

BH – You don’t know.

LL – I’ve heard it was two sisters, maybe one lived in the house that I bought another one lived right next to it and that house was not recoverable so that got torn down and my house got renovated. So it was definitely owned by a bigger family and they’d been there a long time. From what I know a lot of people talk about the house and they say, “Oh, I see it getting renovated and it’s really nice house and I remember what it would look like before.” A lot of people would stop in to talk about it, especially because they want to see the inside of it and see what had been done, so I don’t know.

BH – Well, where do you think it came from? Do you think in 1890 somebody put that up on the cupboard or what is your speculation?

LL – The house was in really bad condition and I was actually told by someone stopping in that there was a bunch of old train memorabilia pictures in the house and they had been actually stolen out. So I do believe this was in the house most of its life. Probably one of the things that wasn’t stolen from it. I did a little bit of research and I couldn’t find this particular company, but, I mean it says “Acadia” so it has to be from here and there is the Waukeg station – have you heard about that? It’s by the Sullivan Bridge. They redid that area. Now if I could trail for people to walk on and I was told, well I read, that they had out there the posts and it said that steamships also came there only a mile and a half from where I live. So I’m really hoping that has something to do with that station.

BH — So so you don’t know really who saved it, other than you found it and it might’ve been there in the house or it might’ve been this person who was a collector of things?

LL – I could imagine that it was his, but I’m hoping he left it for me.

BH — I think he did.

LL – I think so too!

BH – I think it belongs in a frame. That’s beautiful. Well, is there anything else that we should know about it that we haven’t.

LL – No, I’d like to know more about it.

BH – Well sometimes I think people you know when they see these kinds of things and they start doing their own little research and we put things up on Facebook here at the Historical Society and people told us all kinds of information. Well, hold on onto it and we appreciate you bringing it down. If we find out anything more. I think that somebody will get hold of you. Thank you both very much for coming.

LL — Thank you.

BH — You’re very welcome.

Resourceful Links:

Click Here to Download the ticket in High Resolution

Click Here to Download the Tin in High Resolution 

Leighton Oral History Transcription.pdf