Do You Remember? The Historic Buildings and Businesses at the Northeast End of Downtown Van Buren

Northeast End of Downtown Van Buren, circa 1976, from the collection of Martine A. Pelletier at the Abel J. Morneault Memorial Library

Our walking tour will begin at the crest of the hill at the western end of Downtown Van Buren. We will discuss the historic buildings and businesses at the northeast end of the main business section, including (but not limited to): Michael Harris’ first tailor shop; the John Michaud and Fortunat Michaud apparel stores; the Martin hardware store, which once included a third-floor opera house; the Farrell (then Gagnon, then Dufour) hardware and furniture store; Van Buren’s first post office; the Hotel Van Buren; and — if there is time — a few more buildings and businesses adjacent to our general area of focus. Local historians will be with us to present information and to answer questions from participants; the public is invited.


The terrain is mostly flat, but the crest of the hill near the Aroostook Hospitality Inn is steep. Individuals with mobility challenges should be able to park their vehicles in the gravel parking lot adjacent to the Aroostook Hospitality Inn and join the group from there; we should be on flat terrain for the entirety of the walking tour.

Starting Location:

Meet in front of the Aroostook Hospitality Inn. Participants driving to this event should park on Main Street and not in the Aroostook Hospitality Inn parking lot, if possible.

Ending Location:

We may go as far as the Family Dollar store.
in front of Family Dollar?
Van Buren, Maine 04785

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

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  • 03 - Good Health and Well-Being
  • 08 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

May 4, 2024 / 10:00 AM

Led by: Dayton Grandmaison
Organization: Friends of the Gayety Theatre
Duration: 90 minutes
City/Town: Van Buren
County: Aroostook
Language(s): English