AUGUSTA – The Crystal Spring Farm Historic District in Brunswick has been entered in the National Register of Historic Places, according the Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, whose staff prepared the nomination.

The designation indicates that the property has been documented, evaluated and considered worthy of preservation and protection as part of the nation’s cultural heritage.

The farm district is a complex of agricultural buildings that date primarily between 1947 and 1956 on a large dairy farm in Brunswick. Surrounded currently by 160 acres of pasture and hay field, the steel and concrete buildings are attended by a 19th-century farmhouse and an early 20th century slaughterhouse.

While the parcels of land that comprise the historic district have been farmed since the late 18th century, Crystal Springs Farm as it exists today represents a specific stage on the evolution between the family-run dairy farm that was common at the turn of the 20th century, and the far-reaching agri-businesses that dominate the industry at the turn of the 21st century.

The district was placed in the National Register of Historic Places as an example of a mid-20th century family farm with local significance that reflects a period of rapidly changing approaches to dairy farming.

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