Over its 240 year history, the 140-acre saltwater Pettengill homestead was farmed, producing corn, potatoes and other staples and served as home to a variety of barnyard animals including cows, sheep, chickens, pigs, and more. In a tradition begun in 2009, Freeport Historical Society will again be welcoming barnyard animals (and happy alpacas) back to “the farm” as we celebrate our 36th year of Pettengill Farm Day, Sunday, October 2nd, 10a-3p.
Our stage features lively acoustic music played in most every tradition from Celtic to country to blue grass including New this year, Chase the Fiddlers, Plumb & Hensley, and Cul de Sax. Enjoy Historical conjuring & entertainments with the authentic nineteenth century magic of itinerant Magician Richard Potter, who amazed and entertained audiences from New England to Canada and throughout the South from ca.1810-1835!
Also NEW on stage this year is young juggling phenom, Will Silvers, who just won the Junior Competition of the World Juggling Federation! Pull up a hay bale and enjoy!
NEW this year is our Return to Learning tent which features an array of presentations and workshops:
* In a program entitled, My New England, Maine Poet Laureate, Wesley McNair, reads poems about the farms, towns, and people of northern New England. 2:00pm
* A walk/talk with forester, Rene Noel, on how to read the New England forest landscape in his “Forensics in the Forest.” 10:00am
* In an orchard stroll and discussion, author and heirloom apple expert, John Bunker, will discuss the long history of apples in New England and help us identify uses and apple types. Bring an apple that you’d like identified! 1:00pm
* Starting your family genealogy with experienced researcher Nancy French. 11:40am
* Wildlife Woodcarver Wayne Robbins will be demonstrating and discussing his craft. 11:00am http://www.waynerobbins.com/index.html
* Phil Gaven from The Honey Exchange will discuss beekeeping. 12:30pm
Families will enjoy our Storytelling Tent for children featuring educator Kathy Koerber and Susan Nelson. Cozy up on the rug or enjoy a good story from the rocker.
Jump aboard our olde-time horse-drawn hay wagon rides with the beloved Belgians “Spike” and “Nick.” And, NEW this year, experience the strength and agility of a team of black Percherons as they plow a field and twitch logs courtesy of Farmer’s Draft Horse, Mule and Pony Club.
Explore our Master Trades Area featuring dry stone wall building, slate carving, wood turning, iron forging, sawyers, penny rug-making, spinning, and more.
NEW this year in our Active area is kite-making and flying and hula-hooping. Geo-cache with L.L.Bean, challenge yourself in our sack races, 4-way tug-o-war, and apple-hucking! Sip some just-squeezed apple cider at our cider press!
Don’t miss our tented Display of antique farm equipment and tools including a sampling of animal and human-powered machinery and labor saving devices.
Visit the early 19th-century Pettengill home with room docents. Wait till you see the sgrafitti upstairs! See where the English-style barn originally stood.
NEW: Visit our current building project: the privy/shed and get a sneak-preview of our recent archaeology dig!
Lunch is available from 11am- 2pm.
Pettengill Farm is located 1.5miles from the LLBean flagship store in Freeport. From Main Street, turn right onto Bow Street which becomes Flying Point Road. Watch for right-hand turn onto Pettengill Road and bear right to proceed onto the property. Free, on-site parking.
Suggested event donation: $5.00 adults, $2.00 children
Support for Pettengill Farm Day comes from Leapin’ Lizards, Bath Savings Institution and Bath Savings Trust Company, Dawson Smith Purvis and Bassett, Riley Insurance, Coffee by Design, Welsher’s Construction and Sherman’s Books & Stationery.
Thank you to our 2011 Annual Sponsors: LLBean, Harraseeket Inn, Bath Savings Institution, Chilton Furniture, Hilton Garden Inn, Taggart Construction, Brown Goldsmiths, Maine Optometry, P.A, Bucks Naked BBQ, and Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers.
Freeport Historical Society (FHS), a non-profit organization, owns Pettengill Farm, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. FHS’ mission is to keep Freeport’s past present by advocating, educating, collecting and sharing Freeport’s long history through innovative and relevant public programs.