Major Reuben Colburn House

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Colburn House State Historic Site
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Major Reuben Colburn House is located in Maine
Major Reuben Colburn House
Location Arnold Rd., Old ME 27 (0.1 mi. S of jct. with ME 27), Pittston, Maine
Coordinates 44°11′52″N 69°45′16″W / 44.19778°N 69.75444°W / 44.19778; -69.75444Coordinates: 44°11′52″N 69°45′16″W / 44.19778°N 69.75444°W / 44.19778; -69.75444
Built 1765
Architectural style Federal, Georgian
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 04000741[1]
Added to NRHP July 28, 2004

The Major Reuben Colburn House was the home of Reuben Colburn, a patriot and shipbuilder of Pittston, Maine from 1765 to 1818. Colburn assisted George Washington and Benedict Arnold in the planning and provisioning of the invasion of Canada. Arnold's expedition to seize Quebec from the British Army in 1775 during the American Revolutionary War began here.[2]

Colburn house[edit]

Colburn House State Historic Site Arnold Rd., Old ME 27.

The home was added to the National Register of Historic Places on 28 July 2004. The Colburn House is managed by the Arnold Expedition Historical Society and owned by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. The house is known as Colburn House State Historic Site.

Major Reuben Colburn[edit]

Main article: Reuben Colburn

Reuben Colburn and his family settled in Gardinerston (then part of Massachusetts) in 1761. In 1763 he was granted 250 acres (1.0 km2) of land and he built a saw mill, brick yard, boat yard and grist mill on the shores of the Kennebec river. Colburn was described years later as "one of our earliest 'kings of industry'". In 1765, on "an eminence which gradually slopes down to the shore", he built his two story home.[3]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Colburn House Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
  3. ^ Nason, Emma Huntington Old Colonial Houses in Maine Built Prior to 1776 Kennebec Press 1908 91

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