Green Initiatives

Historic Conservation and Preservation

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green gem historic plotAdah Bryant Peters bought 100 acres in 1908 for $1. The property included a working farm, located on the site of the 1875 Daniel Webster House, one of the first settlers of Bangor.  The 100 acre woods contain many distinguishing features including…

 

 

  • The House – The Dr. William C. Peters estate was built in 1911. Dr. Peters, the husband of Adah, engaged Milton Stratton to build the house which still stands today.
  • The Garden – Adah enjoyed gardening and commissioned the Olmsted Brothers in 1913 to engineer the garden and historic landscape. Features include a tea house, hunting camp, barn and croquet court. Maine Olmsted Alliance Residential Landscape Survey page 1; Maine Olmsted Alliance Residential Landscape Survey page 2
  • The Grounds – Most recenty discovered is a marker stating it sits on the site of Bangor’s first sawmill built in 1772, marked by Frances Dighton Williams Chapter DAR. Sawmill marker
  • The Urban Forest – Trees of interest include pines in excess of 150 years of age, birches in excess of 100 years of age, and other hardwoods and evergreens of interest. In 2008 the Bangor City Forest in conjunction with Bangor Land Trust and Bangor Beautiful proposed walking trails through this forest which would connect Cascade Park and Mount Hope Cemetary.

 

900 State St Ida Peters and Scottie Dog in flower garden 1913

 

Adah Peters and her Scottie Dog in the Olmsted Botanical Garden, circa 1913.

If you have information or historical stories to share related to this property, please send an email to info@thegreengem.org. Thank you!

 

 

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