Barren Hill Books
Publisher of South Portland: A Nostalgic
Look at our Neighborhood Stores
Barren Hill Books is a small independent book
publisher, located on the coast of Maine.   We
specialize in local historical non-fiction.  Our
first book, released in September 2005,
documents the history of the wonderful
neighborhood stores of South Portland.
Why the name "Barren Hill"?
The company is located on
Highland Avenue in South
Portland.  At the turn of the
20th century, however, this
section of Highland Avenue
was known as "Barren Hill
Road".
In this unique local history
book, author and historian
Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo
combines her extensive
research with nostalgic
rarely-seen photographs, then
weaves in oral history from
local residents to tell the story
of the neighborhood stores of
South Portland throughout the
20th century.  
Whether you are new to South
Portland or a lifelong resident,
the memories shared by family
members and customers alike
are bound to enthrall.  Come
enjoy a nostalgic look at many
of our small groceries,
pharmacies and corner stores,
such as:
•        Uncle Andy’s Bakery
•        Bennett’s Ice Cream Bar
•        The A&P stores
•        W.W. Rich & Sons
•        Dennison’s Pharmacy
•        King’s Department Store
•        Taylor’s Drug Store
•        And more…..
South Portland:  
A Nostalgic Look at our
Neighborhood Stores
Barren Hill Books
A happy reader