Crossings and Convergence: A History of Waldoboro in One Place (10AM)

Hoffses House and Sylvania factory lot

Note: This walk is offered at 10 am and 4 pm.

How does history help us imagine new beginnings in Waldoboro? Join us for a walk around the abandoned Sylvania factory lot, adjacent Hoffses House, and the woods and river that border them. We’ll consider how this particular spot in town helped support economies of farming, fishing, and shipbuilding, as well as how it saw power struggles play out between Protestant sects, proslavery and antislavery factions in America, England and America at large, and the area’s native inhabitants and its earliest colonial settlers. It all happened in this one place, whether a violent confrontation with the indigenous peoples, a visit by President John Adams, or slaves escaping from the South. Here lived working class families next to professional and governmental elites. A farm abutted a country estate. Worry over land and money neighbored the town’s Fourth of July recreation. The proximity of difference accentuated political division but also political change. Industry diverged and converged (around shoes!—over 150 years apart). And while the people polluted the land, they also stewarded it. We’ll follow their lives and feelings as they cross and converge in this one space of time. Wear comfortable footwear for a walk in the woods.


While most of the walk is flat, the portion in the woods contains a slight increase in grade. It is an 'easy' terrain but not wheelchair accessible.

Starting Location:

In front of the Hoffses House

Ending Location:

In the middle of the abandoned Sylvania factory lot.
405 Friendship Road
Waldoboro, Maine 04572

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May 4, 2024 / 10:00 AM

Led by: Michael Amico
Duration: 90 minutes
City/Town: Waldoboro
County: Lincoln
Language(s): English