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Mark Poirier, 1992, Liberty Village, acrylic on canvas, 28" x 32"
The Liberty Tool Company is on the right and The Davistown Museum and Banks Garage is on the left. The fire station (on right) is now the town library.
The Los Angeles Times recently ran an article that mentions the Liberty Tool Company.
NEW! Live streaming video from Liberty Tool!
Liberty Tool Company, depicted above on the right, remains; the front of The Davistown Museum/Liberty Graphics can be seen on the left.
The Liberty Tool Company is New England's largest secondhand tool store. Prospective visitors to the Liberty Tool Company, please note Liberty Tool Company's location in the scenic hill country of the Norumbega bioregion, approximately 25 miles inland from Belfast, Camden, Rockland, and Waldoboro. Liberty Tool Company is located at the headwaters of the west branch of the historic George's River watershed in what was once one of coastal Maine's busiest mill towns (1810 - 1860). The Liberty Tool Company is one of several corporate sponsors of the Davistown Museum. Numerous items at Liberty Tool are for sale on our eBay storefront.
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 7 days a week (open at 7:30 AM on Saturdays for restocking).
Liberty Tool Company is located at:
57 Main Street
Liberty, ME 04949
To get to Liberty, take Rt. 3 west from Belfast (17 miles) or east from Augusta (27 miles). Visitors to Liberty Tool Co. utilizing Route 3 have two opportunities to turn off of the main road and travel the two miles to the village. Coming from Augusta, the turnoff is via Rt. 220 into the center of the village (look for the Lake St. George State Park; the turn is just after the park.) Coming from Belfast, visitors will go up a hill past a rest area, pass an overlook with a nice view to the north then turn left at the bottom of the hill opposite a state of Maine DOT sandlot. Go two miles uphill into the village. Liberty Tool Co. is located next to the fire station and right across the street from the famous Liberty Graphics.
The Liberty Tool Company consists of a four story balloon framed building built circa 1885. Until the Liberty Village General Store was constructed across the street in 1891 (it is six inches higher than the Liberty Tool Company), this building was the largest wooden structure between Belfast and Augusta. In the old days, Liberty, Maine, was a main overnight stagecoach stop with a number of hotels, canneries, foundries and other enterprises. The Liberty Tool Co. building was a general store with a rooming house on the second floor and a dance hall on the third floor. All these floors, as well as the cellar, are now utilized for the sale of old tools, hardware, antiques, trunks, used furniture, prints, postcards, books, magazines, records, glassware, pottery, toys, collectibles and any other interesting artifacts we can salvage from estate lots throughout New England. Our tool annex is located across the street in the former Banks' Garage.
Visitors to Liberty please note that the Liberty Graphics
outlet maintains approximately the same shop hours as the Liberty Tool
Co. Both businesses are located just up the hill from the famous octagonal
post office (on the Register of Historical Buildings in the scenic St.
George River Valley.)
The Liberty Tool Company sponsors the Davistown Museum, located across the street from Liberty Tool Company. The Davistown Museum explores the connections between tools, art, and history. Take a photo tour, peruse our many publications on New England's maritime and industrial history, or visit the Maine Artists Guild galleries and our annual art exhibition at www.davistownmuseum.org.
A blog article by a very satisfied customer
The Liberty Tool Co. is featured in the article "The Culture of Cultch" with photographs by Tom Crane in Down East: The Magazine of Maine, May 2003, 49(10), pg. 68-71.
The Liberty Tool Co. is featured in the article "Liberty Tool's annual opening may soon be history" by Tom Groening in the 3/8/04 issue of the Bangor Daily News.
Beyond 295: Tool Town by David Tyler, Port City Life, September/October 2004. 6(5). pg. 38-39.
"The Tools That Built Maine" See a wonderful new video featuring the tools and curator of the Davistown Museum and produced by the Maine Pubic Broadcasting Network show "Maine Experience."