Opens for viewing February 23, 2017 and will be on display Through September 20, 2017 Exhibit Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9am-5pm 45 Main Street Freeport, ME A showcase of rarely seen objects from our collections archive. These objects "tell" an interesting story of Freeport's history: for example the top hat of Freeport entrepreneur E.B. Mallet who developed Freeport Village in the late 19th century by building a shoe factory, and opening a granite quarry, sawmill, and brickyard to encourage industrial production. In addition we will include objects donated by families in town who do not often see their items on view, as well as some "mystery" objects--- items that are intriguing, but come with little or no associated history (except that they are from Freeport).
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. on line registration Archaeology Camp for Boy and Girl Scouts, tentatively planned for Oct 15. Stay Tuned for More information. 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! Come by during open hours beginning Sept 26 to view the tools and process. This dig is funded in part by a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Presented by: the Freeport Historical Society and the Freeport Community Players Location: Old Parish Burying Ground (on Meetinghouse Rd, next to Wilbur’s Chocolate) Ghosts of Freeport’s Past October 26 6:30 PM at the First Parish Church, 40 Main Street (Note location) on-line registration 7:30 PM at the Old Parish Burying Ground on Meeting House Road, on-line registration October 27 6:30 PM at the Old Parish Burying Ground on Meeting House Road, on-line registration 7:15 PM at the Old Parish Burying Ground on Meeting House Road, on-line registration October 28 6:30 PM at the Old Parish Burying Ground on Meeting House Road, on-line registration 7:15 PM at the Old Parish Burying Ground on Meeting House Road, on-line registration 8:00 PM at the Old Parish Burying Ground on Meeting House Road, on-line registration First Parish Church will be the venue for all cemetery tours that are rained out. “Ghost Tours” are 45 minutes long led by the interred of the Old Parish Burying Ground. Our Ghost Host will give a brief history of the cemetery and introduce us to some of friends who are haunting the cemetery. Ghosts are portrayed by actors from the Freeport Players, in period costume who will “rise” to tell you stories about their lives. Note: The event is more historical than scary, and is appropriate for school age children. A Special Performance by our ghosts will kick off the event on October 26th at the First Parish Church at 40 Main Street Tickets: $12/$10 (non-members/ members) and $5 for children 12 and under. To purchase tickets: www.freeporthistoricalsociety.org or 207-865-3170
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Pettengill Farm Tours
July 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm$10 - $12
The Freeport Historical Society will offer guided tours of the historic Pettengill Farmhouse and grounds as a way for the public to learn more about this remarkable homestead. These tours offer a rare opportunity to view and learn about the house, which is generally open only once a year, on Pettengill Farm Day. Join Curator/Collections Manager Holly Hurd as she describes the history of the farm and saltbox, which was built about 1800 and has been sustained over generations without the modern conveniences of central heating, running water, or electricity. The house resides on 140 acres that supported a saltwater farm and dairy, most recently by Mildred Pettengill and her brother Frank. Participants can sign-up for a 90 min tour of the farm and house, which includes a viewing of the rare sgraffiti wall etchings of ships and marine life. The scheduled tours are as follows: Wed July 19 at 6 PM – on line registration Tues Aug 22 at 5 PM – on line registration Fri Sept 15 at 11 AM – on line registration Wed Sept 20 at 10 am - on line registration Cost is $12 per person for the general public and $10 for FHS members. Details: Participants are required to register at least 24 hours in advance. Tours require a minumum of 4 people and max of 10. On-line registration or call 207-865-3170. If the tours need to be rescheduled due to rain or because of too few participants, those signed up will be rescheduled to another date or refunded. Attendees meet at the gate entrance at the end of Pettengill Road (31 Pettengill Road), to carpool to the site. Un-registered guests are welcome to join at the start location, but they should first confirm that the tour will take place by calling 207-865-3170. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking on uneven surfaces and bring along bug spray. If walking is difficult, participants can choose to remain near or in the house. Tours are also available on request with a minimum of 4 participants. Contact Holly Hurd at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-865-3170 to schedule a time.