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Porter Memorial Library

Porter Memorial Library Facts

Rufus King Porter, a local lawyer and prominent member of Machias society, housed the original Library Society book collection in his law office on Cooper Street for many years. The first book catalog printed in 1843 listed 600 titles.

The Machias Library Association was established in 1874. Henry Homes Porter, a Chicago businessman and son of Rufus King Porter, donated $10,000 to the Association in 1891 for a library to be built and named in honor of his father.

Boston architect George Clough, a native of Blue Hill, designed not only Porter Library but also Buck Memorial Library in Bucksport, our elder architectural twin.

Porter is constructed of Marshfield granite. The mantel of the fireplace in the Reading Room is made from a slab of rare black granite, quarried in Addison. The first naval battle of the Revolutionary War was fought nearby, and the ballast stones from the captured British warship Margaretta are also incorporated in the base of this fireplace.

The building opened to the public on September 15, 1893.

Ursula Pennirnan served for 17 years as President of the Machias Library Association in the late 1800s. The Children's Room added in 1976 was named in remembrance of Luella A. Pendergast, a former president of the Ursula Penniman Federated Woman's Club, with help from the Machias Rotary Club, who aided with its construction.

The library has more than 13,000 books for children and adults, audiobooks and videotapes, more than 50 magazines covering a variety of subjects, and local and state newspaper subscriptions.

Tuesday - Friday: 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday & Monday: CLOSED