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Home of Justina Thomas

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111 Congress Street (corner of Lafayette Street)

The house, barns, and livery stable that once occupied this corner belonged to the family of Justina Mansfield Thomas (1850-1924), a seamstress, and a representative woman on Munjoy Hill. Left as a widow with two small children, she supported herself as a dressmaker and became well-known throughout the city; she was eventually able to hire assistants. A full-length dress of gray and black satin covered with black lace and trimmed with lace and fringe, created by her in 1912, is among the collections of the Maine Historical Society. The street level today is occupied by two retail businesses, both owned and operated by women.