Walking through our rooms will provide you with a unique feeling for life in 19th and early 20th century Phillips. Frequent visitors remark at how ssimilar some of these rooms are to today's lifestyle.
Differences are sharp, though, especially as you can see in the kitchen where more hand work was needed to feed a family.
Linger in these rooms during your visit - listen - they will speak to you!
One room you may choose not to linger in! But Phillips did support its own dentist.
Don't be surprised to see shoes were made in Phillips. The town was a junction point where the Phillips and Rangeley met the Sandy River Railroad. Men and women needed shoes and they were made to order right here. The two railroads were later merged into the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes RR, and as the main shops were in Phillips, cars were made, refurbished and repaired here. Goods were transferred by horse-drawn equipment out-bound for local delivery over a wide area.
Rural is not unsophisticated though. Our parlor reflects a taste for elegant china and unique, glasses by the Portland Maine glass works. The tea service is noted as having arrived on the Mayflower!
Education was above all valued and foreign languages were part of the high school curriculum as one of our volunteers discovered.
Phillips had a jail and its own paper. the Phillips Phonograph, in the nineteenth century. Cornelia "Flyrod" Crosby, born in Phillips, remains its most famous columnist. An unparalleled outdoors enthusiast she became the first Registered Maine Guide! Reading her life story one sees in her not simply a love for the shooting sports, fishing and hiking but also superior communication skills and a devotion to promoting the beauties of the Maine woods.
She deserves the unofficial title given to her as the "Woman who Marketed Maine"