Uptown Nostalgia: 1950s and ’60s Main Street

Reminisce on Main Street from the perspective of heading uptown to the businesses of lower Main Street, with narration from the time period of growing up in the 1950s and ’60s and what life was like then. Historic photos of Main Street stores and eateries will be available to stir memories of this time. We will cover from the perspective of leaving Water Street and heading uptown to lower Main Street, Silver Street and continuing up to the Post Office Square intersection.

We will meet in front of Silver Street Tavern at 2 Silver Street (Main and Silver intersection) with parking in the Concourse parking lot close by. Our walk will proceed north on Main Street, talking about the businesses on the west side of Main Street, continue up to the intersection of Main and Appleton (0.2 miles, slightly uphill), stopping there to talk about the rest of the route visible to the former Elmwood Hotel and Central Fire Station and retracing our steps back south, covering the east side of Main Street as we walk and stop, back to our starting point. You decide if things have changed a lot or stayed much the same. This will be a relaxed, fun, and engaging walk.


We will cross two small accessible intersections on the way north and return the same route south, traveling on new wide sidewalks.

Starting Location:

2 Silver Street, on the corner of Main Street and Silver Street, in front of Silver Street Tavern.

Ending Location:

This will be a loop walk, ending in the same location we began.
2 Silver Street
Waterville, Maine 04901

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

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May 4, 2024 / 10:00 AM

Led by: Jessica Couture
Organization: Waterville Historical Society
Duration: One hour
City/Town: Waterville
County: Kennebec
Language(s): English