February 27, 2013

Jameson Tavern in Freeport closes without explanation

A sign on the door is the restaurant's only acknowledgment of its closure.

By Leslie Bridgers lbridgers@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

The closure of the historic Jameson Tavern in Freeport is more mysterious than the ghosts that supposedly reside there.

A sign on the door of Main Street tavern acknowledges the restaurant is closed, but there was no explanation or mention of the closure on its answering machine, website or Facebook page Monday evening.

Carolyn Krahn, interim director of the Greater Freeport Chamber of Commerce, said she got an email Friday from someone with a gift card to the restaurant who wanted to know how to redeem it.

That's how she found out, and she knew nothing more.

"I haven't been by. I'm just hearing that from people," she said of the fact that it's closed.

Attempts to reach employees of the restaurant Monday evening weren't successful.

Built in 1779, the tavern was once an inn and claims to be the site of the signing of documents declaring Maine's independence from Massachusetts, according to the restaurant's website.

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Gordon Chibroski / Staff Photographer: Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Exterior of Jameson Tavern in Freeport with detail of plaque.

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However, several reputable historians, including staff members at the Freeport Historical Society, have disputed this claim for decades, noting that no documents related to Maine becoming a state in 1820 were signed at the tavern.

The website also said the tavern is believed to be the home of more than one ghost.

CLARIFICATION: This story was updated at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, to show that no documents related to Maine becoming a state were signed at the Jameson Tavern.

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