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Old Hamblen Estate

Yesterday's "Old Hamblen Estate" is today's "Bank Development," Gorham's first subdivision, and it's the neighborhood that I am proud to call "home."

Construction of homes in the Bank Development began in 1946, following WWII, and continued through the early 1960s.

The original farmhouse still stands at 84 Johnson Road. According to the preeminent book on Gorham's history, Images of America: Gorham by David Arthur Fogg, the property also held the name "Gold Coast Farm." The farm was eventually converted into lodging, "Fireside Inn," which was owned and operated by Harley and Lena Day. Today, it serves as residential apartments.

To order a copy of Fogg's Gorham, contact Gorham's bookstore, The Bookworm, located at 42 Main Street, by calling (207) 839-2665 or emailing

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