Freeport is known for a few things; like the birthplace of Maine, the great sailing vessel The Dash , MacMillan- the artic explorer, its shipbuilding history, the castle, Wolfe's Neck, Mast Landing Sanctuary, Harraseeket River, Samuelson- the great marathon runner, The Maine Desert, great shopping in its many outlet stores, but there is one gorilla in the room, LL Bean. L.L.Bean was founded in 1912 by avid hunter and fisherman Leon Leonwood Bean in Greenwood, Maine, who had developed a waterproof boot (a combination of lightweight leather uppers and rubber bottoms) that he sold to hunters. He obtained a list of nonresident Maine hunting license holders, prepared a descriptive mail order circular, set up a shop in his brother's basement in Freeport, Maine, and started a nationwide mail order business. By 1912, he was selling the "Bean Boot," or Maine Hunting Shoe, through a four-page mail-order catalog, and the boot remains a staple of the company's outdoor image. Defects in the initial design led to 90% of the original production run being returned: Bean made good on his money-back guarantee, corrected the design, and continued selling them. Leon L. Bean died on February 5, 1967, in Pompano Beach, Florida. He is buried in Freeport's Webster Cemetery. Visit Freeport USA Check out the schedule for Freeport's Summer in the Park Here
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