Historical Trees of MVHS: Leavitt Storer Maple

LEAVITT STORER MAPLE

    Hi, my name is Rayanne. I am a junior at Medomak Valley High School and I am taking Horticulture II. In this class we learn about different kinds seeds, biodiversity, how to plant them, and many other things. We have over 850 heirloom seeds saved and over 35 trees planted in our living history arboretum.

    Leavitt Storer was a shipbuilder in the late 1800's. He lived in Waldoboro, Maine. He built the first five masted schooner, the Governor Ames. The Governor Ames was 265 feet long and it's tonnage was 1690 tons. It was first launched on December 1, 1888. The Governor Ames was the world's largest cargo vessel, and still is to this day. Leavitt built the Governor Ames here in Waldoboro, which now has the motto "Home of the Five Masted Schooner." Leavitt got the name 'Governor Ames' after the former governor of Massachusetts, Oliver Ames. The Governor Ames was built in Waldoboro's Leavitt Storer Shipyard, which is still here today.

    Waldoboro became officially incorporated into the state of Maine on June 29, 1773. When Waldoboro had first become a town, it was spelt "Waldoborough" rather than how we spell it today, "Waldoboro." The town of Waldoboro was named after its landowner, Samuel Waldo. In 1629 the area that would become Waldoboro was granted to John Beauchamp of London and Thomas Leverett of Boston. The patent lay dormant until 1719 when Leverett’s great-grandson, John Leverett, President of Harvard College, revived the ancient claim and formed the Lincolnshire Proprietors, also known as the Ten Proprietors, so named for the ten shares distributed, one to each member. General Samuel Waldo of Boston acquired a controlling interest in the patent in 1729. 

    This maple tree was found growing at the original Leavitt Storer home, which is located on Friendship Street in Waldoboro, Maine. It is still there today.

By: Rayanne Leach


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