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Fryeburg Public Library, Fryeburg

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The Public Library of Fryeburg, Maine is located at 515 Main Street. The library is located in a stone building, which was built in 1832 as the District No. 1 Schoolhouse, and is one of only two known 19th-century stone schoolhouses in the state. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.Description and historyThe main block of the library is a 1-1/2 story structure, whose first level is built of ten courses of ashlar granite blocks. The gable ends of upper half-story are clad in clapboards. The main entrance faces west in a recessed, paneled doorway. Two wood-frame ells extend north and south from the rear portion of the building, giving it a T shape. One of these wings, added in 1957, was donated by Clarence E. Mulford, the noted author of Hopalong Cassidy and other western novels, and now contains memorabilia related to him. The other was added on 1973, and extends the building from where there was originally a secondary entrance. Its construction was funded by John Weston, and houses the town's local history collection.The schoolhouse was built in 1832, and was, at the time of its listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, one of only two known surviving 19th-century stone schoolhouses in the state, and by far the best-preserved. It was used by the town until the construction of another school in 1903, at which time is given to the Fryeburg Women's Library Club, which had been founded in 1890 to maintain a library collection for the village. The library is now owned and maintained by the town. Before you visit Fryeburg, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • Knowledgeable staff, friendly atmosphere, surprising collection for a small town, if they don't have it, they'll get it for you. Ongoing programs appealing to a variety of interests.  more »
  • This Library is worth a visit because of it's Hopalong Cassidy room. Clarence Mulford, writer of the stories, lived in town and donated many items from his own collection. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • All very knowledgeable and helpful!

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