Downtown Belfast subject of historical society talk

Posted April 18, 2011, at 11:03 p.m.

BELFAST — Belfast Historical Society president Megan Pinette will give a presentation on “Downtown Belfast, From the First Store to 1900” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.

In 1799, James Nesmith built the first store for the selling of goods in downtown Belfast at the southeast corner of the intersection of Main and High streets. By the late 1880s, the downtown buildings familiar today were in place, and Belfast was firmly established as a retail and wholesale center for trade. Most downtown properties are listed in the Belfast Historic District which is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.

Those unable to attend the program are invited to tune to “Window on History,” on BCTV-2,

monthly programs that begin airing in May. “Window on History” will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Or watch the film on the museum website, which offers new programs each month.

Belfast Historical Society programs are free and open to the public, and are held the fourth Monday of the month April through October. For information about programs, visit