The 4th Annual Dry Stone Wall Building Workshop

Join us for a one or two- day, hands-on workshop scheduled for Saturday, October 13th and Sunday October 14th, 2012. The workshop runs from  9:00am-4:00pm both days.

Owner of Maine Dry Stone and local stone waller, Chris Tanguay, is the instructor of this hands-on dry laid, stone wall building workshop. Chris is an accredited Master Craftsman with both the Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) ofGreat Britainand the Dry Stone Conservancy inKentucky. He is also a certified instructor and examiner for the DSWA of Great Britain.

Saturday’s workshop will focus on the basic structural techniques used when building or restoring a typical field stone wall.  The second day of the workshop will build on these skills, but will include more on detail work.  If desired, more advanced instruction can be provided for those with a higher level of skill.

Workshops take place at historic Pettengill Farm, located onPettengill Road off of Flying Point Road in Freeport,Maine.

Saturday workshop is $65.00; two- day workshop is $110. Lunch is included. Registration and payment required, in advance. This workshop sells out each year. Don’t be disappointed. Register now!

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Imagine a beautiful stone wall like the one pictured, gracing your own property. Come spend a day, or two, learning how to make that happen!

3rd Annual Barns and Quilts Tour

Enjoy a beautiful early autumn day in coastal Freeport at our 3rd Annual Historic Barns & Quilts tour sponsored by Freeport Historical Society.

On Saturday, October 6th, from 9:00am till 3:00pm, this very special event will feature visits to four unique barns built during the late 18th through the early 20th centuries. Vintage and antique quilts specially selected to coincide with the timeframe of each barn will be on display.

Leading the tours are quilt expert Kathy Kenny and barn expert Don Perkins.

Highly-regarded quilt historian, fiber artist, educator, and lecturer Kathy Kenny will share her vast knowledge of vintage quilts and the world of quilting. Kathy has been involved nationally and locally in all aspects of quilting, including educating, exhibiting, designing, appraising, and consulting. In addition to writing occasional articles on quilting, she is currently the Maine State Quilters Guild’s liaison to the New England Quilt Museum and presents her historical quilt lectures throughout New England.

Through the displayed vintage quilts, we will deepen our understanding of the economic role of women and how quilt patterns and styles reflect local, regional, and national events. As the very fabric of rural life, quilts reflect the economy, personal choice, and necessity of life. If you think quilts are just pretty, decorative coverings, then this part of the tour will change your mind. You’ll end this tour with a new appreciation of quilts, the stories they have to tell, and our textile history.

Don Perkins, journalist, educator, and barn enthusiast, is a former woodworker with a long held passion for the history and craft associated with barns. Freelance writing since 2005, Don penned a terrific series on local barns during 2007-8 for a Gray-New Gloucester weekly that garnered much interest in its 20 week run. A former Press Herald writer, he now writes a barn series for the Advertiser Democrat in Norway. A member of the Timber Framers Guild, Don has spoken at area historical societies and has led barn tours. Don is the author of the book, The Barns of Maine: Our History, Our Stories.

We’ll learn about the historic roles of barns in the evolution of farmsteads and how northern New England economics of mixed farming and home-industry created a unique architectural response. Our tour will examine the shifts in barn construction and how those shifts related to the evolving economic challenges facing farmers in our area.

The social, cultural, and economic lives of those who lived in coastal Northern New England will be further illuminated through an examination of barns and quilts.

At 9am the event begins with coffee and orientation at Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop on Rt. 1 South in Freeport. After touring the final barn, we’ll conclude the afternoon with lively music by banjo extraordinaire Peter Mezoian (, a contemporary quilt exhibit, cider and donuts, and a tour of the timber frame barn at the Houses and Barns by John Libby barn on Rt. 136, True Road in Freeport. Lunch is brownbag. Bring a folding chair or blanket and we’ll eat on a local farm field.

Freeport Historic Barns & Quilts Tour is a fundraiser of Freeport Historical Society. Tickets are $30.00pp and must be purchased in advance. These can be purchased online via Mastercard, VISA, or your paypal account at (hit the online donation button, enter your ticket amount, and send) or by check (mail to 45 Main Street, Freeport, ME 04032.) FMI: 207-865-3170 or

The event sold-out in 2010 and 2011. Don’t be disappointed- reserve today.

Freeport Historic Barns & Quilts tour is sponsored by Houses & Barns by John Libby, Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop, Mariner’s Compass Quilt Shop in Bath and Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Warren.

FMI: Contact Freeport Historical Society at (207) 865-3170 or

37th Annual Pettengill Farm Day, October 7, 2012

Lots NEW at our 37th Annual Pettengill Farm Day

A crisp autumn Sunday filled with the sounds of fiddles and banjos, children bounding to the finish line in a burlap sack and the cackling and mooing from our barnyard, the Freeport Historical Society hosts its 37th Annual Pettengill Farm Day, Sunday, October 7th, 10a-3p.

We are honored to present on our Entertainment stage, Maine Poet Laureate,Wesley McNair, whose 2:00pm program is entitled My New England—poems about farms, towns and people of Northern New England. Opening at 10am is Freeport’s own beloved trio, Pound O’ Tea, featuring Elizabeth Guffy, Eric Bryant and David Hartley. Elements of bluegrass, olde-time blues and contemporary folk combine in a unique presentation they call “eclectic acoustic.” The lively tunes from Maine Highland Fiddlers follow at 11a and promise to have us all on our feet dancing! World Champion Juggler(Junior class,) Will Silvers and fellow-juggler, Jack Streeter hit the stage at 1p with a dazzling show of juggling prowess. We wrap up the afternoon with the delightful accordion duo from Maine Squeeze on stage at noon and strolling the fields. Pull up a bale and enjoy the show!

NEW this year is our “Pettengill Chautauqua” where one can partake in one or more short presentations and workshops on a variety of interesting topics including:

  • An orchard stroll and discussion, author and heirloom apple expert, John Bunker, will discuss the long history of apples inNew Englandand help us identify uses and apple types. Bring an apple that you’d like identified
  • Marine life woodcarver Wayne Robbins will be demonstrating and discussing his craft
  • Bees and beekeeping will be discussed by Phil Gaven, The Honey Exchange
  • Quilt historian and educator, Beth Maitland, will present a fascinating program on “Quilting through the Ages.”

Also new this year at this event is the Maine Quilt Heritage project, a project of the Pine Tree Quilters Guild. Since 1987, they have been documenting quilts statewide for the purpose of preserving our quilt heritage. Bring your family quilt(s) for physical analysis and have it/them documented. To date, MQH has documented over 2600 quilts inMaine!

Families will enjoy our Storytelling Tent for children with readings by local educators. Cozy up on the rug or enjoy a good story from the rocker.

Jump aboard our horse-drawn hay wagon rides inviting you to ride to and from the farm down the historic road with Carousel Horse Farm (CHF) is establishing a scholarship at the University of Maine/Orono for students who want to study “green” subjects. CHF has set a goal to raise over $6000 per year for the next five years to establish such an endowment. As you enjoy your ride in to and from Pettengill Farm, please be generous and donate to this meaningful fund. And, as has been our tradition for almost decade, on site will be a team of handsome Belgian’s (they are actually brothers!) pulling the haywagon around the back fields.

NEW this year, view the strength and agility of  horse and oxen teams as they plow a field and twitch logs.

Expanded  Master Trades and Women’s Skills Area features dry stone wall building, spinning, slate carving, rug hooking, wood turning, iron forging, sawyering, and more.

NEW this year in our Active area is kite- making and flying, hula-hooping, and bean-bag toss!  Geo-cache with L.L.Bean, challenge yourself in our sack races, 4- way tug-o-war, and beanbag toss. Win a Wicked Whoopie Pie! Sip some just-squeezed apple cider at our cider press!

Don’t miss our docent-guided introduction to antique farm equipment and tools including a sampling of animal and human-powered machinery and labor saving devices.

Visit the early 19thc Pettengill home with room docents from RSU5 High School. Wait till you see the sgrafitti upstairs!

Lunch and snacks are available from 11am- 2pm.

Pettengill Farm is located 1.5miles from the LLBean flagship store inFreeport. FromMain Street, turn right ontoBow Streetwhich becomesFlying Point Road. Watch for right-hand turn ontoPettengill Roadand bear right to proceed onto the property. Free, on-site parking.

Event donation: $5.00 adults, $2.00 children

The community-minded sponsors of the 37th Annual Pettengill Farm Day are Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen and Topside Tavern, Riley Insurance, Bath Savings Trust, Bath Savings Institution, Coffee by Design, L.Welsher & Son Construction andSherman’s Stationary & Books.

Thank you to our 2012 Annual Sponsors: LLBean, Harraseeket Inn, Bath Savings Institution, Chilton Furniture, Hilton Garden Inn, Taggart Construction, Brown Goldsmiths, and Eastland Shoe

This event promises to be a great day for all ages! Come join the fun!