Knit history at FHS!

In conjunction with its upcoming summer exhibit, Buttons, Rum, and Rakes:  Freeport’s Mercantile Past, Freeport Historical Society invites knitters to participate in a series of afternoon knitting circles.  We will focus on historic knitting patterns to illustrate the types of goods that were produced at home during the 1830s and ‘40s, just as the craft of knitting became a popular pastime in American parlors.  Beginning on March 17, from 1:00-3:00, and continuing every Saturday through April 1, the historical society will host knitters at Harrington House at 45 Main Street in downtown Freeport. 

We will provide modern versions of original knitting patterns from the 1840s and will supply appropriate yarn for knitters wishing to knit from these historic patterns and then donate their finished item to the historical society.  These handknit items will be offered for sale as part of our summer installation of an 1830s-era general store.  Knitters may also opt to bring along their own yarn and keep their finished items. Or, just come along with a current project and enjoy the knitting camaraderie.  Knitters are welcome to attend any or all of our sessions! 

The knitting sessions will be hosted by FHS staff member and knitter Katie Worthing.  Although assistance will be available during the workshop, knitters intending to knit from the historic patterns should be comfortable with skills like ribbing, increasing and decreasing stitches, and knitting in the round.

The workshops are free of charge for knitters wishing to donate their finished historic item to the historical society.  All other knitters will be asked to make a contribution.  For a list of necessary materials and to sign up for the sessions, please call (207) 865-3170 or email

Apple tree pruning workshop


Learn how to properly prune apple trees at historic Pettengill Farm on Sunday, March 4th from 1:30-3:00 pm. 

Join us for a timely, hands-on workshop where participants will learn how to correctly prune apple and other fruit trees. Teaching this session is University of Maine Cooperative Extension Educator, Dr. Richard J. Brzozowski.

We will provide tools and goggles for the workshop. Work gloves and appropriate footwear are advised as we will be outside learning and working during the entire session.

Dick will share why, when and where to prune fruit trees with an eye to maintaining healthy and productive trees.

Dr. Richard Brzozowski obtained his Doctoral Degree at the University of Missouri in Columbia in Agricultural Education. In his work as Extension Educator, he travels throughout the County educating all agricultural topics. In addition, he oversees the popular Master Gardener program for Cumberland County.

Pettengill Farm is owned and maintained by the Freeport Historical Society(FHS). This 140-acre saltwater farm features an early 1800s saltbox, open fields, and wooded trails. Its small apple orchard, the focus of the workshop, likely dates back seventy or more years. Freeport Historical Society wants to rehabilitate the trees and bring the orchard back to full productivity.

The fee for this workshop is $5.00. FHS Members may participate at no charge. Registration and payment is required in advance. To do so and to get directions to Pettengill Farm, please call FHS at (207) 865-3170 or email us via our website In case of inclement weather, please call our office for cancellation information.