History of Auburn

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Historic Walking Tour

Embrace the architectural history of Auburn with this 1.1 mile self-guided tour. Explore some of the exquisite downtown homes, factories and buildings, including: 

Roak Block (1871)

Garcelon House (late 1880’s)

Edward Little House (1827)

Penley House (1889)

The Foss House (1915)

First Universalist Church of Auburn (1876)

Horace Munroe House (1899-1900)

Packard Shoe Factory (1864)

Engine House (1879)  

Auburn Public Library (1904)

Court Street Baptist Church (1870)  

Androscoggin County Building (1857)

YMCA (1922)

Auburn Hall (1865)

Goff Block (1875)

Old Mechanic Savings Bank (1875)

Skelton Taintor & Abbott Building (1900)

Download the walking tour (below) and take the stroll anytime you like.

Note: the tour brochure is designed to print on 'legal' size paper - 8.5" x 14"

Museum L-A

Special exhibit on display March 29 - December 31

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Be sure to check out the incredible new exhibit at Museum L-A about the story of shoe making in Auburn, entitled:  "Shoes - From Function to Fashion." The show is part of Auburn's 150th anniversary celebration. It opens on March 29th and will run through the rest of 2019.

Museum L-A’s gallery will be filled to the brim with shoes for its newest exhibit “Footwear: From Function to Fashion.” The exhibit will be exploring the whimsy and artfulness that shoe designs have played with for decades to acknowledge that shoes, while primarily used as an often-forgotten functional item, can be masterpieces in their own right. Focus will be placed on the extensive history of the shoe industry in Auburn, once the fifth largest producer of footwear in the country, through a timeline representing the ebb and flow of the local companies historically making shoes in our community. 

Learn more: https://www.museumla.org/gallery-exhibit


Court Street Baptist Church

Submitted 02.04.19 by Douglas Hodgkin of behalf of CSBC

Almost simultaneously, there were two Baptist churches established in downtown Auburn in 1859 and 1860 – the Free Will Baptist Church and the Spring Street Baptist Church. After a period of growth, they eventually both constructed their buildings on Court Street. After many years they merged in 1940, continued to use the current building, and the Free Will church was torn down. Of particular interest this year is the fact that the current church at 129 Court Street held its first service in this building on January 24, 1869, just one month before Auburn received its city charter on February 22! The church building and the City of Auburn are therefore celebrating their 150th “birthdays” together. We welcome the public for a tour of the church. We will feature our Hook pipe organ purchased in 1869, our stained glass windows installed around 1914, and our recently refurbished education wing constructed 1959-1960.

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