If distance presents a problem, try joining a Virginia genealogy mailing list for the locality and perhaps you will locate someone in the area who can do a newspaper lookup for you.An Archaeology of Tools Table of Contents Preface to the collection Historical Background Exhibition Overview Inventory Key -- A guide to Abbreviations Collection Catalogs Historic Maritime I (1607-1676): The First Colonial Dominion (pdf) Historic Maritime II (1720-1800): The Second Colonial Dominion & the Early Republic (pdf) Historic Maritime III (1800-1840): Boomtown Years & the Dawn of the Industrial Revolution (pdf) Historic Maritime IV (1840-1865): The Early Industrial Revolution (pdf) The Industrial Revolution (1865f.): Classic Period of American Machinist's Tools (pdf) Other Factory Made Tools (pdf) Other Collections Special Collections--Modern Tools or Tools of Special Significance: Davistown Museum School Loan Program German Steel Tools made from Rasps or Files (pdf) Interactive Displays (pdf) Tool Exam (pdf) Unknown Maker's Marks (pdf) Tools Sent in for Identification and Unidentified Tools Catalog of Maine Tools Tools of Historic Interest not in the Museum Collection Registry of Maine Tool Museums Art of the Edge Tool Exhibit Part I and Part II The Davistown Museum has produced a number of publications both in print and electronic form on the subjects of tools, art, and history.
for the Davistown Museum are artifacts dating prior to the European settlement of North America.These coopers, as well as other crafstmen and small manufacturer's establishments and water mills, produced a wide variety of woodenware, wood products, such as clapboards and house frames, and some tools that were then transported to the market and shipbuilding towns of coastal Maine including Belfast, Thomaston, Warren, and Waldoboro.The artifacts produced at mill sites such as Liberty, Kingdom Falls, South Liberty, Searsmont, Appleton, and Union played a key role in the evolution of the maritime culture of Maine including its Downeast cod fishery, West Indies and coasting trade, lime and granite industries, and flourishing lumber and cordwood exports.Particular emphasis is put on the display of hand tools characteristic of the maritime culture of Maine and New England, its shipbuilders and toolmakers, as well as the tools of the trades of the artisans of Davistown Plantation, later the towns of Montville and Liberty.The many villages and mill sites of the Davistown Plantation evolved into a flourishing community of coopers by the third decade of the 19th century.(located across the street from the Museum), and the Hulls Cove Tool Barn since tool collecting began in 1970 in and near New England shipbuilding communities.
Specific significant tools with special characteristics and/or tool manufacturer or maker's signatures collected during the last four decades were then loaned or donated to the Davistown Museum when it was founded in 1999 to form the core of its current collection.The history of the Ancient Dominions of Maine is the history of two cultures, the Native Americans who lived in Maine before 1600 and the Europeans who gradually cleared the landscape of these first inhabitants after 1600.is the recovery, identification, evaluation, and display of the hand tools of the maritime culture of coastal New England from the first European visitors in the 16th century to the fluorescence of the Industrial Revolution.A study of the maritime history of Maine is incomplete without tracing the evolution of the infrastructure and industries that were the basis for its florescence from the end of the Indian Wars (1759) to the Industrial Revolution.The tool collection of The Davistown Museum -- -- reflects the evolution of toolmaking from Maine's first colonial dominion to the twilight years of its maritime culture during the late 19th century.The course’s pristine 18 holes are woven through natural grasses, Lowcountry marshes and wetlands – and the wildlife that accompanies the track is nothing to scoff at either. Any number of holes on the course could be considered signature worthy, based on the variety from one hole to the next.