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Maine, Augusta, Kennebec Co.

1932 — Tablet, Capitol Building, Augusta, ME1915 — Cushnoc (Koussinoc), Maine Trading Post Memorial Boulder, Augusta, ME
An act was introduced in the Maine Legislature that provided $5,000 to erect a monument in commemoration of the old Pilgrim trading post in Cushnoc (now the city of Augusta). The trading post had been established in 1628 to obtain furs to send back to England as payment to their backers, the Adventurers. Unfortunately the ship carrying the furs was captured by pirates. The General Society voted to approve the efforts of the Maine Society to secure passage.

1932 Tablet, Capitol Building, Augusta, ME
The state capitol of Maine is the only state capitol built upon land previously owned by the Pilgrims. The brass tablet located on the third floor of the Capitol is headed by an image of the Mayflower and reads: THE MAYFLOWER / DECEMBER 1620 / THIS TABLET IS PLACED / TO HONOR THE PILGRIMS / OF THE MAYFLOWER / * * * / IN AN AGE / OF INTOLERANCE AND OF / BIGOTRY, THE PILGRIMS / OF THE MAYFLOWER LAID / THE FOUNDATIONS OF THIS / MIGHTY NATION WHEREIN / EVERY MAN, THROUGH / COUNTLESS AGES, SHALL / HAVE LIBERTY TO WORSHIP / GOD IN HIS OWN WAY / ERECTED BY THE SOCIETY OF MAYFLOWER / DESCENDANTS IN THE STATE OF MAINE / AUGUST 1932

1939 Cushnoc Trading Post Memorial Plaque on Bolder, Augusta, ME
The memorial to this trading post on site that is in the form of a boulder bearing a plaque that reads: CUSHNOC TRADING POST / 1628 – 1661 / IN COMMEMORATION OF THE FIRST TRADING / VOYAGE OF THE PILGRIMS OF PLYMOUTH TO / THE ANCIENT INDIAN VILLAGE AT CUSHNOC / ON THE KENNEBEC RIVER, 1625, AND ON / THIS SITE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THEIR / FUR TRADING POST WITH THE INDIANS, 1628, / JOHN HOWLAND IN COMMAND, 1634,  THIS TABLET ERECTED BY THE / SOCIETY DAUGHTERS OF COLONIAL WARS / IN / THE STATE OF MAINE / 1639  The site is now occupied by New England's oldest surviving wooden fort, Old Fort Western, which was built in 1754. In 2009 plans were under way to recreate the Cushnoc Trading Post.

1939 — Cushnoc Trading Post Memorial Plaque on Bolder, Augusta, ME1975 Tablet, City Center Building, Augusta, ME
This shield shaped tablet in the office of the director of Fort Western is headed by the seal of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and reads: IN HONOR OF THOSE “MAYFLOWER” / PILGRIMS, WHO, UNDER EDWARD WINSLOW, / FIRST TRADED WITH THE INDIANS ON THE / KENNEBEC IN 1625, AND LATER ESTABLISHED / A TRADING POST AT KOUSSINOK / (AUGUSTA) ON THIS SITE, AND THUS / WERE ENABLED TO PAY OFF THEIR / DEBT TO THE LONDON MERCHANT / ADVENTURERS, THIS PLAQUE IS / RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED IN THIS / 350TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR / BY THE SOCIETY OF /  MAYFLOWER DESCENDANTS / IN THE STATE OF MAINE / ROBERT L. STEVENS / GOVERNOR / AUG. 26, 1975

1975 Plaque, Fort Western, Augusta, ME
This bronze plaque reads: ANCIENT/KENNEBEC [surrounds the seal of the General Society] / 1625 1975 / 350TH ANNIVERSARY / OF THE / BRADFORD CHARTER WHICH GRANTED LAND HERE / AND I15 MILES ON EACH SIDE OF THE KENNEBEC / RIVER TO THE PILGRIMS AT PLYMOUTH. / ON OR NEAR THIS SITE THE PILGRIMS ESTABLISHED / A ‘FITT TRADING PLACE IN YE RIVER KENNEBEC” / E. FREDERICK LOW, GOVERNOR GENERAL / VIRGINIA E. ADAMSON, GOVERNOR / MAINE SOCIETY OF MAYFLOWER DESCENDANTS. It was subsequently relocated in 1980 to Hallowell, ME (q.v.).

1993 Cushnoc Archeological Site Plaque, Augusta, ME
A plaque on a bolder in front of the City Center Building reads: CUSHNOC / ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE / HAS BEEN DESIGNATED A / NATIONAL HISTORICAL LANDMARK / THIS SITE POSSESSES NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE / IN COMMEMORATING THE HISTORY OF THE / UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / 1993 / NATIONAL PARK SERVICE / UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR