Davis Foundation Funds Archaeology Survey at Pettengill Farm

Pettengill Farm House c.1950

Pettengill Farm House c.1950

Freeport Historical Society has been awarded a $5000 grant from the Davis Family Foundation to conduct a Phase 1 Archaeological excavation around the area of the privy/tool shed at Pettengill Farm, the society’s nineteenth-century salt water farm on the Harraseeket River.

From August 3rd-7th, Historical Archaeologist Norman L. Buttrick and his team will be doing field work on-site. Privies and other areas where everyday items were frequently discarded are known to be rich sources of material culture. This work is being undertaken to further illuminate the lives of those who lived on the farm and to provide a guide for the replacement of the privy/tool shed structure(s).

Freeport Historical Society (FHS) members who are interested in observing or participating in this “dig” need to register with Vanessa Rodriguez at the FHS office (865-3170) 45 Main Street. Members are invited from 9:00am-noon or 1:00pm-4:00pm from Tuesday August 4th through the 7th. Members may register for one or more day segments.

During each period the total number of observers/participants allowed on site will be limited to 15 so that work can proceed on-time and in an orderly fashion. For those who are actively participating, professional archaeological techniques will be shared. Please register early to avoid disappointment!

Save the Dates! Autumn at Pettengill

Saturday, September 12th, 9:00a-4:00p Dry Stone Wall building workshop with Stone Master, Chris Tanguay. Register today! Class size limited and it will sell-out!

Sunday, September 13th, 3:00p-7:00p Family Clambake and Bonfire

Sunday, October, 4th, 10:00a-3:00p 34th Annual Pettengill Farm Day

Community Ideas and Input on 2010 Public Programs and Exhibits

In 2010, Freeport Historical Society is planning a year-long series of programs and exhibits entitled, “Freeport‘s Amusements, Entertainments and Oddities.”

We invite Freeporter’s to participate in shaping these programs and exhibits by sharing stories of events and people that relate to this broad topic. We would also like to hear from you if you have items related to the theme that you would be willing to loan to us for the public exhibit.

Do you recall time spent at the Nordica Movie Theater and Bowling Alley? Are there family stories about social gatherings at church in other community settings? Did you shop for slippers at the store whose owners erected the now-famous “Big Indian”? What about Freeport‘s popular town baseball team? What did you do for fun when you were a child, or teen? Have you heard family stories about traveling vaudeville shows, circuses, et cetera that visited Freeport? What radio programs did Freeporter’s listen to before the advent of television?

We plan to include Casco Castle, the Desert of Maine, and other famous Freeport places through the display of items such as posters, tickets, and other memorabilia.

What other places should be included on our list?

We’d love to hear from you in any way most convenient for you.You can come and visit us at Harrington House, M-F, 8:30am-5:00pm. We can easily arrange weekend hours, too. If you’d rather talk on the phone we can be reached at 865-3170 (or leave us your number and we will call you.) Email is also a good way to reach us: director@freeporthistoricalsociety.org. We are also happy to come and visit you through a convenient appointment.

Long stories, tiny remembrances-they are all welcomed!

Thank you for sharing your stories so that we can share them with all Freeporter’s and visitors!

Freeport Historical Society’s mission is to advocate, research, collect and share the history and stories of Freeport, Maine.

FMI: 865.3170 or director@freeporthistoricalsociety.org

New and Extended Summer Hours at Freeport Historical Society

Freeport Historical Society today announced extended summer hours at it’s headquarters at Harrington House, 45 Main Street, where the current exhibit is From Rebel to de Rigueur- the 40 Year History of the T-Shirt.

Summer public hours beginning June 13th are Monday, Thursday, and Friday–10:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am- 2:00pm. The exhibit also may be viewed by appointment. Research may conducted on Monday’s and Thursday’s. An appointment is recommended.

The organizations’ business hours remain the same: Monday-Friday,8:30am- 5:00pm. For more information, please call 865.3170