Damariscotta Postal History
Lincoln County, Maine

a project of
V. F. Thomas Co. - P. O. Box 111 - Shawmut, Maine  04975
info@vfthomas.com

(updated 22 November 2020)


Thank you for the contributions to this page from James Husson and from the Strout family collection.



During the history of the town of Damariscotta, there have been two post offices.

Briefly, the history of these two is as follows:
1. Biscay post office opened on 5 March 1893 and closed on 2 May 1895..
2. Damariscotta post office opened on 14 February 1876 and is still operating.


In 1914, there was only one post offices in Damariscotta: Damariscotta. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the town of Damariscotta include:
Biscay
Damariscotta



Biscay


1893 March 5:
   Biscay post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1894 February 20:
   The circular cancellation is approximately 27 mm in diameter.
      
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1895 May 2:
   Biscay post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Damariscotta


1876 February 14:
   Damariscotta post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1876 May 4:
   The earliest cancellations for Damariscotta were likely made by hand, called manuscript cancellations. Based on the correspondence inside, this cover was canceled less than three months after the post office opened.
      
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1905? August 27:
   The circular postmark is 29 mm in diameter.
      
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1940? February 7:
   The circular postmark is 26–27 mm in diameter.
      
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1965 July 21:
   The circular cancellation is approximately 20 mm in diameter.
      
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2020:
   Damariscotta post office. 173 Main Street; Damariscotta, Maine  04543. Lat./Long.: N 44°01′56″ x W 69°31′52″
      
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today:
   Damariscotta post office is still in operation.