Archaeological dig at the Freeport Historical Society, 45 Main Street, with the Maine State Archaeologist Leith Smith. Its purpose it to discover the artifacts and history hidden in the ground of our Main Street property before our upcoming construction project. This is your chance to be part of a dig. Archaeology Course-- 4 sessions / 12 hours from Sept 26- Oct 5. (exact dates and times to be announced) Open to members of the public. $50 for FHS members and $70 for non-members Class size is limited to 8 people, ages 12 and up. Archaeology Camp for Boy and Girl Scouts, tentatively planned for Oct 15. Stay Tuned for More information. Hands-on Archaeology - Dig Day--Sunday, Oct 22, 12-4 PM. Come and dig, sift, observe, and learn about what we are finding on site. Also visit our Archaeology Lab… The front parlors of Harrington House will be our designated work space for viewing, cleaning, processing and interpreting artifacts. Archaeological Education for all is the goal! This program is funded in part by a grant from the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Archives for September 2017
This British Naval issue cutlass and scabbard (1804 pattern) was kept as prize booty by Captain George Bacon and crew of the privateer Dash. According to family lore, Dash discovered the dismasted British privateer Thinks I To Myself in a cove near Wiscasset when the fog lifted. Some of Dash’s gunports were outfitted with logs painted black to fool the British into believing the brigantine was more heavily armed than it was. Consequently, Thinks I To Myself quickly surrendered, and Dash carried its prize and the sloop’s crew to Portland in October of 1814. During the War of 1812, seagoing vessels changed hands frequently. Thinks I To Myself was originally an American ship out of Castine, ME that had been captured by the British just months before. These treasures were handed down from Captain Joseph Porter, brother of Dash’s owners, to his great, great-grandson Philip Means, and are cared for and displayed by the Freeport Historical Society. The Cutlass and scabbard will be on display at the Portland Science Center until October 29th. From the collections of the Freeport Historical Society, on long-term loan from Philip C. Means.