A 2 foot wooden railroad, one of the first in the state, came from Whitneyville to Machiasport through the woods toward the “Dike by the Clam Factory”. The Lion engine hauled lumber to Machiasport to put on ships. The Port Village included two sardine factories, boat house, store, Gates House, and Cooper House, Liberty Hall, post office, fire station, schoolhouse, and the First Congregational Church. Wooden sidewalks can be seen in the many post cards of the day.
The mouth of the Machias River divides the town of Machiasport into two portions. A 600 foot toll-bridge connected the Town of Machiasport with East Machias.
Today the Port Village remains a picture-perfect village and still includes the Gates House (Historical Society), Cooper House, Liberty Hall, and Congregational Church. Several town buildings have been added including the town garage, Fort O’Brien School, and the Municipal Complex which includes the town office, fire station, post office and Veterans Memorial. A new church, the Kingdom Hall Church was built in just three days by volunteers. The church is located on the Rim Road.