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Saco Historic District



The Saco Historic District extends one-half mile along Main Street from approximately the Saco Museum to Saco Island.


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Length: Varies.

Directions to trailhead: Trail is in downtown Saco.

Estimated walking time: Varies.
The map and descriptions are based upon a City publication Historic Walking Tour of Main Street, Saco which may be available from the City Planning Office or borrowed from Dyer Library.

More information about these buildings may be found in the above referenced pamphlet, Dyer Library, or by attending meetings of Saco Historical Society.

1. James Fenderson House - 1914, 384 Main St. Former Saco mayor Fenderson ordered this kit house from the Sears catalog.

2. Solomon Coit house - c. 1785. The best example of a Georgian house in Saco.

3. Saco Museum (formerly the York Institute Museum) - 1926. The Institute houses one of the most interesting historical collections in Maine.

4. Elizabeth and Henry Green House - 1827, 374 Main Street. Typical Saco Valley house of the Federal period.

5. Joseph G. Deering House - 1869, 371, Main Street. Now Dyer Library on the National Register.

6. Jonas C. Tibbets House - 1860, 365 Main Street.

7. First Parish Congregational Church - 2004. Original 1862. Italianate and Romanesque built in 1862 and burned to the ground in 2000 during a restoration project.

8. York Manufacturing Agent's House - 1889, 350 Main St.

9. Emma Hall House - 1892, 342 Main St. Best example of Queen Ann style in historic district.

10. Thornton Hall - 1801, 331 Main. Home of Sarah Fairfield Hamilton (1831-1909), leader of suffrage movement.

11. Dr. Jeremiah Mason House -1856, 319 Main St. A Greek revival residence.

12. James Curtis House - 1827,312 Main St. The builder operated a distillery on the site.

13. Daniel Page House - c. 1800, 311 Main St. This 5-bay “half-house” was the first built on the east side of Main between Pepperrell Square and Beach.

14. Old Dyer Library - 1893, 308 Main St, by Boston architect Horace G. Wadlin.

15. Saco City Hall - 1855, 300 Main St. The main floor housed fire barns and offices. The clock tower was added in 1880. National Historic Register.

16. Mutual Theatre - 1927, 268 Main St. Designed as a combination movie theater and insurance office.

17. Congressman Cyrus King House - 1807, 255 Main St. Since 1916 rectory for Catholic Church.

18. Masonic Block - 1907, 252 Main St. This gargantuan Renaissance Revival block retains two of its original occupants: Saco and Biddeford Savings and the Masonic Lodge.

19. Tristram Hooper Store - 1824, 237 Main St. A Federal Period commercial building.

20. Saco House -1837, 209 Main St. A Greek Revival style, was built as a hotel and stage coach terminal.

21. Central Hall Block - 1828, 206 Main St. Provides a good example of how Saco looked 150 years ago.

22. William Pike Block -1869, 199 Main St. Victorian style.

23. York National Bank - 1893, 180 Main St. Contains part of the original 1833 York bank building.

24. Pepperell Square was the center of Saco in the days of sailing ships and mills with its customs house.

25. William Deering Block - 1869, 152 Main St.

26. Berry Block - 1869, 152 Main St. Originally Greek Revival.

27. Saco Island, Mill Complex. The first water powered mill was built by John Davis in 1653.