(on our drive we stopped off here for lunch. By chance, hubby had eaten here when he was a young boy on a visit to Maine as well. They had some yummy homemade ice cream…like every other street corner, in that area of the country. Southerners might eat tons of fried food and perhaps even smother it in gravy but goodness I’ve never seen so many Dunkin Donuts or Homemade IceCream/Custard shops in all my life….ever!)
Hubby’s parents flew in from their home in Alabama and joined us for some of our time in Maine. My father in law is a “Mainer” We were beyond blessed to all get to meet our cousin, Trudy and her husband Pete, face to face for the first time after my inlaws arrived. I began a letter writing and email relationship with Trudy’s precious, spunky Mother back 14 years ago when we chose our daughter’s name. It was Trudy’s grandmothers name. So when we chose it, I discovered the daughter of our own daughter’s namesake was alive and hubby’s grandmother got us in touch with one another. I let her know we’d chosen her Mother’s name from our family tree to name our daughter. I’m SO glad I did that!! Not only did I get to know Pauline, but then when she passed from this world, I got to know her daughter from afar as well. How cool to finally get to meet face to face after all these years! My father in law and she drew our family trees and shared stories of our family while we all enjoyed lunching at the Maine Diner together (yes, hubby got the Lobster Pie as featured on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives. He loved it!).
Amazingly, in that experience, not one of us took ONE picture…not one. How on EARTH (I had 3 cameras with me)?!! We had hoped to get to stop by Trudy’s house enroute to New Hampshire to visit a bit more and see some family keepsakes she has…and TAKE PICTURES….but hubby’s work schedule changed and we weren’t able to…SOB! Just one more reason…we HAVE to go back to New England soon (but not before it thaws…sorry guys, we’ve been looking at the current temps already and we’re officially southern WIMPS!)!!!
After enjoying a couple days around the area close to the campground (Kennebunk was a favorite) we headed on to my father in law’s old stomping grounds. Enroute to our destination, we drove through the town of Poland, Maine. We’d been sipping on Poland Springs bottled water the entire time we were there, so my father in law drove us by the source of it. He had said we would enjoy it, and I’m not sure what we were expecting (a large bottling factory perhaps), but he was right! We would have never known to stop here, but it turned out to be a great little place to pull in for a quick stop filled with interesting history! Definitely our kind of stop!
Poland Springs water (now owned by Nestle), comes right out of the ground here in Poland, Me and has since the early 1800′s
The old bottling facility, on the right, where they were able to bottle 8 bottles a minute originally if I understand correctly. ”The Source” room on the left, where the spring was enclosed in glass so the wealthy could come and sit in a beautifully tiled room to be close to the source of the mineral water believed to hold healing capabilities, etc. It’s kept now, pretty much exactly as it was then.
I promise my oldest son isn’t mad (the toddler probably was)…they are recreating a picture they saw from the early 1900′s of others sitting in seats just like those around ‘the source’ (they were dressed much for finely in the photo however). Individuals visiting and staying in the (now burned) hotel were always supplied free unlimited Poland Springs water. They would come and gather in this room at the source and be served fresh dipped water in glass tumblers that read “In Nature’s pure and simple drink, find health, long life and happiness” and just enjoy being near the springs. Many would spend entire summers on the property here enjoying the milder weather…and the fresh spring water.
Got to love pictures taken in your comfy, cozy traveling clothes…ugh (baby was sound asleep behind us in the car, safely being watched over by the dogs….and my mother in law).