Naples Historical Society Collection
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Collection Identifier(s)
[Chute Homestead--home movies] Reels 1-38, 1612
Credit: Chute Homestead home movies, Naples Historical Society Collection, Northeast Historic Film. One of the many recreational activities available to guests at the Chute Homestead Resort in Naples, Maine.
Credit: Chute Homestead home movies, Naples Historical Society Collection, Northeast Historic Film.
Primary Format and Extent
film (7,550 feet): si., b&w and col.; 16mm, 8mm.
Collection Date Range
1930 - 1965
The Naples Historical Society Collection consists of 38 reels of film shot between 1930 and 1965. Much of the footage consists of activities in and around Long Lake at the Chute Homestead tourist resort, a family-owned business in Naples, Maine. There are several scenes of people swimming, fishing, boating, and relaxing at the resort. A popular activity was riding in a bathtub fitted with an outboard motor. The collection also contains footage of local parades throughout Maine to celebrate a number of events, such as the Naples Centennial in 1961. There is quite a bit of footage of railroads as well, from people riding large scale, or G scale, model trains to people in costume acting out scenes in and around narrow gauge trains and train tracks. Several antique car shows and events are also featured in the footage. Scenes of Maine in the winter and fall, including several shots of covered bridges surrounded by orange foliage, appear throughout the collection. The collection also contains footage from various trips outside Maine, including ones to Gaspé, Canada, Washington D.C., Atlantic City, NJ, Florida and the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City, NY. There is footage from the 1973 National Scout Jamboree East, which took place in Moraine State Park, Pennsylvania.
Biographical/Historical Notes
James C. Chute was a lifelong resident of Naples, Maine, where he was born in 1884. He founded the Chute Homestead on his family’s 200 acre farm there in 1910. The Homestead was a resort along the east shore of Long Lake where guests could engage in boating, fishing, swimming, tennis and hiking. James Chute was active in local politics and helped develop the summer tourism industry in his area. He served as town treasurer for Naples, as a director of the Maine Publicity Bureau, and was a member of the Democratic State Committee. His son, Philip Chute, was born in Naples in 1920. Philip Chute began college at the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine in Orono in 1940, then enlisted in the Army in 1942. This is the same year that his father, James Chute, passed away. Philip Chute took over the family business and added more cottages to the Chute Homestead. Philip Chute served as town selectman, was a Scoutmaster, and co-found the Lakes Environmental Association to protect the lakes region around Naples. The Chute Homestead was destroyed by a fire in 1978. Philip Chute died in 1990.
Northeast Historic Film
The Collection is open for research.
Condition Governing Reproduction and Use
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Items in this collection: 31
Showing 1 - 10 of 31:
1) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 1
Two shots of two horses attached to a carriage. Footage of a graduation ceremony, including people marching onto a field in formation. A shot of a large house. A shot of a large crow...more
2) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 2
Footage of a man and two boys sledding in front of a house. A shot of a truck. A shot of two men standing on the running boards of a car as it makes its way through the snow. A shot...more
3) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 3
Footage of a parade of people in mid-to-late 19th century American period dress, including men and women riding horses, oxen pulling carts, horses and carriages, vintage automobiles and...more
4) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 4
Footage of people engaged in a variety of water sports, including water skiing on a sled, canoeing and swimming intercut with shots of people along the shore and docks. A few shots of...more
5) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 5
Footage of a parade, including various marchers with flags and banners, people on bicycles, marching bands, cars, trucks, tractors, floats and shots of the crowd. A group shot of scout...more
6) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 6
A shot of a sign with a fish on it that reads “State Fish Hatchery”. A shot of a building with a sign that reads “Maine State Fish Hatchery”. Footage of workers at the netting fish wi...more
7) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 7
A few shots of two men and women posing with fish. Footage of people fishing from motorboats, shores, bridges and canoes, including a family gathering their fishing rods, fishing on a...more
8) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 8
Footage of people relaxing in and around a lake, including people floating around in a bathtub fitted with an outboard motor, people on various kinds of boat, people canoeing, flipping...more
9) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 9
Footage of people riding on and displaying large scale, or G scale, model trains on a raised track, including a few shots of a model steam tractor. Footage of narrow gauge trains, incl...more
10) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 10
Footage of people in late 19th to early 20th Century period costumes, with many of the men dressed as train conductors or railroad workers, the majority of women wearing red handkerchie...more
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