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St Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Church, Richmond Maine

From; In the 1950s, tiny Richmond, Maine, a tight-knit community edging the Kennebec River south of Augusta, was home to the largest rural Russian-speaking population in the country. More than 500 Russians, Ukrainians, Cossacks, and Byelorussians arrived here after World War II at the invitation of Baron Vladimir von Poushental, a Russian émigré and veteran of the tsar's World War I air force. Von Poushental had settled here in 1947, purchased land and abandoned farms, and advertised cheap land and a climate and countryside resembled Russia in Russian-language papers. He even donated a farm to veterans of Russia's White Army.

At the heyday, this Slavic community on the Kennebec had a Russian restaurant, Russian bootmaker's shop, and three Orthodox churches; St. Alexander Nevsky, Maine's only Russian Orthodox church, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2003. There was a balalaika orchestra and a Slavophil society. Even today, Russian onion-style domes standout among the town's Greek revival, colonial, and traditional New England farmhouse architecture.

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  • Uploaded on January 20, 2013
  • Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
    by BA Bartlett
    • Camera: SONY DSC-HX9V
    • Taken on 2013/01/19 14:58:03
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/800)
    • Focal Length: 4.61mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
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