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Off to the Highlands: Developing Deering’s Hillside Neighborhood

  • Woodfords Club 179 Woodfords Street Portland, ME 04103   (map)

In the late 19th century the woody ledges and farmland in Deering’s Highlands emerged as one of the city’s premier residential neighborhoods. A horse drawn trolley line, introduced in 1863, helped fuel the area’s early growth, as did the aftermath of the 1866 fire and overcrowding in Portland’s peninsula neighborhoods. The first developers in Deering were looking for land for large homes with gardens and orchards in a rustic landscape.

Landmarks is wrapping up the first of a two-year survey to document these residences. Join us on August 29th to discover the history and treasures of one of Portland's most beautiful suburban neighborhoods. The evening will feature a presentation on our recent work and light refreshments.

This public presentation is being supported in part by a grant administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.