A History of Phinney Lumber
Captain John Phinney arrived in Gorham with his family in 1736 and in doing so, became Gorham’s first settlers. Captain John led a long and useful life in Gorham and was the first of many generations of Phinneys to deal in timber and timberlands.
Samuel W. Phinney married Eva Haynes in 1894 and had three children, including a son, Raymond. Sam loved dairy farming, but Raymond didn’t. To accommodate his only son, Sam built a stationary sawmill at our present location in 1928 and soon turned this sawmill operation over to Raymond.
Raymond Phinney successfully ran the sawmill until his retirement in 1970, at which time his son, John Phinney, purchased the business and expanded the operation from selling just lumber to offering a complete line of building materials to retail customers.
John’s son, Michael, as well as his brothers, Dana and Scot, currently manage Phinney Lumber (with a little help from Dad) and, after building a new store in 2003, are pleased to continue the tradition of having the Phinney family provide you with your building material and firewood needs.
Once again, thank you.