Posts in Lakewood Theatre History
Before Lakewood. . .There Was Fairgrieve's Bay Hotel & "Resort"

In my research for the Lakewood Theatre book, I was flabbergasted to discover that, long before "Lakewood Grove" was a bustling trolley park or theater colony, visitors were coming to the shores of Lake Wesserunsett in Madison, Maine, to visit a place called "Fairgrieve's Bay," the site of a popular hotel and "resort." Read the fascinating story of George B. Fairgrieve’s bay resort, including a transcription of an old article that explains how he built a bustling resort of cottages, boat, and hotel, long before Lakewood existed…

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[Part II of II] The History of Maine's Lakewood Theatre - Part II

Nestled on the southern shore of Lake Wesserunsett in Madison, Maine, Lakewood Theatre is the oldest continuously-running summer theatre in the country. It began as a vaudeville playhouse in a rather ramshackle 'trolley park' at the end of the Skowhegan-Madison-Lakewood trolley line in the late 1890s, and evolved into what was known as "Broadway in Maine" by the mid-1920s.  

For this [long-read] blog post, I've excerpted the second half of the Introduction to my bookImages of America: Lakewood Theatre (Arcadia, 2017), which gives the overview of the entire history of the Lakewood Theatre Colony, from the late 1800s to the present day. (I've also included a "sneak peek" at some of the vintage images in the book!) If you missed Part I, you can read it here.

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[Part I of II] The History of Maine's Lakewood Theatre - Part I

Nestled on the southern shore of Lake Wesserunsett in Madison, Maine, Lakewood Theatre is the oldest continuously-running summer theatre in the country.  It began as a vaudeville playhouse in a rather ramshackle 'trolley park' at the end of the Skowhegan-Madison-Lakewood trolley line in the late 1890s, and evolved into what was known as "Broadway in Maine" by the mid-1920s.  

For this [long-read] blog post, I've excerpted the first half of the Introduction to my book, Images of America: Lakewood Theatre (Arcadia, 2017), which gives the overview of the entire history of the Lakewood Theatre Colony, from the late 1800s to the present day.  (Part II forthcoming in the next couple of weeks. . .) You'll also get a sneak peek at a few of the vintage images from the book. . . 

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