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Poland Spring Preservation Society

Poland Spring Preservation Society Facts

Founded:
The Poland Spring Preservation Society was founded as a non-profit in 1976, largely through the efforts of Jim Aikman, to protect the remaining structures of historical value in the community. In 1977 the organization was gifted the All Soul Chapel and The Maine State Building, both of which they hold to this day.

Facilities:
The Poland Spring Preservation Society maintains both the Maine State Building and the All Souls Chapel. Construction began on the All Souls Chapel in 1909 but the church was not completed until 1912. Many years of fundraising and collection went into gathering the necessary funds for the chapel before it could be built.

The Maine State Building was built in 1893. It was designed by Charles Sumner Frost of Lewiston and was originally built as part of the Columbian Exposition, which celebrated the 400th anniversary of Columbus' voyage to America. The exhibition was held in Chicago, where the building was originally constructed. After the exhibition, the building was disassembled, brought back to Maine, and rebuilt in Poland Spring where it went through a span of time as a library and house.

Both the All Souls Chapel and the Maine State Building are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hours:
Memorial Day to Columbus day:
Monday: closed
Tuesday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday: closed