Category Archives: Historical

In the Heart of Harpswell

Up hill and down dale, by meadows and stands of forests, Rt 123 meanders down the Harpswell peninsula.  Leave Brunswick on Rt 123, the Harpswell Neck Road, and almost immediately you are in a rural area.   There are no fast … Continue reading

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Remember Those Who Served

  Snow, snow everywhere, with nary a sprig of green to be found.   What to do?  We were feeling buried in a snow cave and wanted some diversion.  On a recent afternoon we decided to visit the Maine Military Museum … Continue reading

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Mile By Mile

  Travel in colonial times was extremely uncomfortable and unpredictable. Many roads were little more than dirt tracks filled with ruts that became virtually impassable during rainy and snowy weather. Depending on road conditions, travelers could become lost as there … Continue reading

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A Saltwater Farm in Freeport

  Saltwater farms have always held a special place in American lore. The romantic ideal of a farm by the sea was considered the ultimate pastoral dream for bucolic life.  A saltwater farm was the best of both worlds; to … Continue reading

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Stonehenge in America?

Before there were paper calendars and before there were computers, people kept track of the months and seasons by astrological means.  The ancient peoples noted that the sun and moon were always in predictable locations at the same time every … Continue reading

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The Three G’s of Paris Hill

For quite some time I have wanted to visit Paris Hill, an historic village that is part of So. Paris, Maine.  In 1973 it was named to the National  Register of Historic Places.  So earlier this summer we made the … Continue reading

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It’s 10:00 PM; Do You Know Where Your Cows Are?

It’s 10:00 PM; do you know where your cows are? This might seem like a silly question, but in colonial America,  stray animals were a serious problem.  Individual farms were close together, dictated by the need for security. Fences were rare because … Continue reading

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