Widgery Wharf (also Widgery's Wharf) is a historic wharf in Portland, Maine,[1] on the edge of the Fore River. Built in the late 1700s, across Commercial Street from the now-demolished Plum Street,[2] the wharf is named for the Widgery family which controlled the local molasses trade at the time of completion. Members of the Widgery family include Congressman William Widgery. The precise date of the wharf's construction is unknown, with possible years including 1760,[3] 1774[4] and 1777.[3][5]

Widgery Wharf (2023)

Much of the wharf was covered during the laying of Commercial Street in the 1850s. Despite this, it is one of the oldest standing structures in Portland. Adjacent (to the south) Union Wharf was completed in 1793,[3] and today shares the same parking area as Widgery Wharf. Chandler's Wharf bounds it to the north.

References edit

  1. ^ "Walk the Working Waterfront" - PortlandMaine.com
  2. ^ "Plum Street, Portland, ca. 1890". Maine Memory Network. Retrieved 2023-09-16.
  3. ^ a b c Carkhuff, David (January 19, 2010). "The mystery of Widgery Wharf". Portland Daily Sun. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  4. ^ Amory, Joan (July 1, 2002). "The particular topography of a Portland wharf". The Working Waterfront. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  5. ^ Bukaty, Robert F. (September 29, 2011). "Colors shine at Widgery Wharf". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 21 November 2011.

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