Freeport Student Trail Signage Project to be unveiled on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 5th

Forty-nine young people from Freeport Middle School and Mast Landing School have created artwork for new trail signage at Pettengill Farm which will be unveiled on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 5th at 1pm. Lemonade and cupcakes will be served and trail maps featuring the signage locations will be available.

“The participating students have created lively, beautiful depictions of the flora, fauna and social history of Pettengill Farm and the Harraseeket area. They utilized the book Tides of Change, among other references for their work”, stated Freeport Historical Society Director, Christina White.

“We collaborated with schools on this project as a means of introducing and encouraging children and their families to explore the outdoors at Pettengill and learn more about this beautiful, historic site. The project also provides a more clearly identified trail by utilizing markers,” White said.

Leading the project were FHS Trustees, Michelle Broderick and Jen Morrissey. With the support of school principals, Beth Wilhoite and Ray Grogan, teachers Jessie Hallowell, Susan Gosselin, Jon Amory, and Crystal Boucher worked with their students to create the art and design and build the sign tops.

Hancock Lumber and Freeport Hardware contributed the materials and funds for the thirty-three signs. Volunteers from BNAS and Freeport Rotary will install the signage.

Located on Pettengill Road off of Flying Point Road in Freeport, Pettengill Farm is open to the public everyday of the year, dawn to dusk. Park at the gate and take the leisurely 12 minute walk onto the farm grounds.

Freeport Historical Society, owner of the property, encourages a number of passive uses of the property including birdwatching, kite-flying, walking, sketching, photography, picnicking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

FMI: 865-3170 or info@freeporthistoricalsociety.org

“Freeport on Foot” Summer Walking Tours Announced for 2010

Freeport Historical Society (FHS) announces its schedule of guided walking tours for historic Freeport Village beginning on Saturday, May 22nd at 10:00am.  Additional dates include June 12, July 10 and 24,  August 7 and 21, September 11 and 25.

These one-hour tours all begin at Harrington House, 45 Main Street. Free parking is available at the rear of the building.

Led by experienced guide and history-enthusiast, Nancy Gunn, you’ll hear stories about Freeport’s early leaders, significant events and important architectural gems.  Did you know Freeport had its own hospital?

Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Check our weather hotline at 865-3170 for any cancellation message due to inclement weather.  Reservations are urged and each tour is limited to 20 people.

Tickets are $7.00 Adults, $3.00 Members, and children ages 16 years old and younger are free.

FMI: 207-865-3170 or info@freeporthistoricalsociety.org

Professor Thomas Hubka, author of “Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn”, keynote speaker at FHS’ Annual Meeting, Thursday, May 27th

The public is invited to Freeport Historical Society’s (FHS) forty-first Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 27thfrom 7:00p-9:00p at Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot Street.

“We are excited to have Dr. Thomas Hubka, Professor of Architecture at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and author of the book, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn, joining us as our keynote speaker,” stated FHS Director, Christina White.

Professor Hubka has taught architecture at the University of Wisconsin−Milwaukee for over twenty years and the University of Oregon for fifteen years. He has published widely on topics of popular, vernacular architecture including theoretical works and detailed studies of common buildings such as New England farms, bungalows, ranch houses, and workers’ cottages. His overall scholarly work has been recognized by the University of Wisconsin−Milwaukee through the receipt of the 2007 Graduate School/UWM Foundation Research Award. Recently he has received the 2009-2010 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Distinguished Professor Award.

Hubka has written a standard work of New England farm/architectural history: Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England (The University Press of New England) for which he received the Abbott Lowell Cummings Award in 1984 for the best book in American vernacular architecture.

Professor Hubka will focus his presentation on vernacular architecture in New England, and its relevance to Freeport properties including Harrington House and Pettengill Farm.

Preceding Dr. Hubka’s presentation will be a brief FHS business meeting, followed by our Annual Awards program.

The Mel Collins Award, given for exemplary community service, will be presented as will our Annual Preservation Award. In addition, we’ll recognize our many generous volunteers.

Beverages and sweets will be available. Come early and take on the challenge of our cross word puzzle.

FMI: please call FHS at (207)865-3170 or info@freeporthistoricalsociety.org.

History of Play Exhibit Opens Wednesday, May 26, 4:30-6:30pm at Harrington House, 45 Main Street

Attend the opening of this fun exhibit!  History of Play- Summer-long exhibit opens at Freeport Historical Society, Harrington House, 45 Main Street with a presentation.

A lively display of toys and games, baseball, and other means of leisure pursued and enjoyed by Freeporters throughout the years. Explore the evolution of play, for both adults and children.

May 26th, 4:30pm-6:30pm
Freeport Historical Society
Harrington House, 45 Main Street