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Captain Burke’s Store remembered with new sign

Back in May 2019, in “Kaptain’s Korner #19,” we told you about the career of James Burke, who was a light keeper in Maine and New Hampshire from 1886 to 1919. After he retired in 1919, Burke opened a small fish and bait shop on Broadway near York Beach, Maine, not far from his last station, Cape Neddick “Nubble” Light. Judging by the photo below, the store also sold ice cream, cold soda, and , surprisingly, real estate.

Left: James Burke

The former store still stands, now on private property. Owner Herb Carpenter is commemorating James Burke and his store with a new interpretive sign, to be installed later this year. Thanks to Mr. Carpenter, a piece of local lighthouse history is being well cared for.

Captain Burke’s store, courtesy of Herb Carpenter.

The former Captain Burke’s store. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.
This new sign will commemorate Captain Burke’s store in York, Maine. Courtesy of Herb Carpenter.

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