Fayette, Maine ~ Industry 18th & 19th Century
Fayette, Maine

Water Power & Industry in
18th & 19th Century


For many years the main road through Fayette was a busy throughway for teams of horses and oxen with wagons, hauling from Oxford and Androscoggin Counties to and from Hallowell. The Coos Trail also led through Fayette from Coos County, New Hampshire and western Maine to Hallowell. It has been said that one could not step to the door at any time of day or night without hearing "rumbling of wheels, creaking of axles or jingle of bells" as traders and teamsters passed through.


Waterpower

~ North ~
Bacheller's Mills was active from time of early settlement.
A sawmill manufactured long and short lumber, shingles and other wood products.

~ South ~
At Fisk's Mills, Mr. Alden Wing of Wayne built and operated a sawmill and grist mill around 1800. In 1892 a sawmill and "excellent" novelty mill was still in operation at this location.

~ East ~ "The Mills"
Underwood's Mills, in the eastern part of Fayette, was the largest industrial section of this town. There, from the earliest days, were a sawmill, shingle and clapboard mill, tannery, grist mill, wool carding and a cloth dressing establishment. Subsequently, the North Wayne Scythe Company constructed extensive Scythe works here. A fire in 1857 destroyed all the buildings, and a new tannery and scythe shop were rebuilt immediately. A second fire destroyed the tannery a few years later. A sawmill, built on the site of the first one, was still in operation in 1892. For a few years Mr. R.B. Dunn operated the Dunn Edge Tool Company oin this site.
This section of town, on the 1879 map, shows the "Tool Works", Dunn Edge Tool, a store and post office, Bussell Boarding House, school and Hallowell Savings Bank.

~ West ~ "The Corner"
Smith's Sawmill was located on the Fayette / East Livermore town line. In fact, the saw is said to have been directly on the town line, so two men, one at each end of a log would be in separate towns at the same time.
"The Corner", located in the east section of town was at one time "the business center hub" of Fayette. There was, in the early days and for many years, three meeting houses (Baptist, Free Baptist and Methodist), three taverns, and four stores here.



Early Storekeepers in Fayette
Aiken, Jesse
Bacheller, Gilman
Crane, Jotham
Fellows, Dearborn
Haines, John
Packard, Richard
Page, John A.
Pettingill, Elisha
Smith, Merrill
True, Sullivan
Underwood, James
Watson, David & Son


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