Visit one of the most unique saltwater farmsteads on the Eastern Seaboard when Freeport Historical Society hosts its 39th Annual Pettengill Farm Day, Sunday, September 14th, 10am-3pm.
To the sound of accordion music and children running the fields with newly-crafted kites, visitors will find world-class juggling, docent-led tours of the historic saltbox house, apple cider and butter-making, sack races, steer team demonstrations and much more on “the quiet side of Freeport. “
Enjoy 19th c magic with our favorite conjurer, Robert Olsen. His three half- hour shows begin at 11:00, 12:30 and 2:00pm. At 1:00pm, view the dazzling world-class juggling of World Champ Juggler (Jr. Class) Will Silvers.
The delightful accordion trio from Maine Squeeze will be strolling the fields throughout the day sharing their musical “take” on classic Americana tunes.
And joining us this year, our favorite local trio, Crabapple Jam, will be performing at 11:30a-12:30p.
NEW workshops and presentations include:
- At 10am, learn how to “read” the forest with “A Forest Forensics Walk with our Forester” Rene Noel. It will open your eyes to the “clues” available in the woodlands.
- From 10:30am-1:30pm, the cooper from Scribner’s Mill will be demonstrating barrel-making. Do not miss seeing this fascinating and skilled process.
- At 11am don’t miss The History of Aprons! Join sisters Norma Salway and Dottie Adams as they share the fascinating evolution of uses and users of aprons through examples from Freeport Historical Society’s collection and their personal collection. Bring your favorite apron and story and plan to share!
- At 1pm “Saltwater Farming—Utilizing the Saltmarsh” Cows have not been pastured on the marsh at Pettengill since the 1940’s so take advantage of this rare opportunity to see two cows pastured on the marsh and learn how saltwater farming differs from inland farming.
- At 2pm Master Gardener and herbalist, Carol Power, will be leading a walk entitled, “Foraging for Wild Medicinals.” Carol is a Master Gardener and is a community herbalist growing organic medicinal plants at Powerfarm.
Join us in pressing local apples and sip some just-squeezed apple cider at our antique cider press!
Jump aboard the horse-drawn hay wagon ride from Topsham’s Hideaway Farm and say “hello” to “Big John,” the teamster and his beautiful Belgian horses, 8 year olds Sissy and Evey (who are half-sisters!)
View the strength, agility, and plain old cuteness of the young steer teams from Thunder Hill Farm in Waterford.
In our kids active area, make and fly kites, give the sack races a try, take a shot at our bean-bag toss or geo-cache with L.L.Bean from 11a-1:30p.
Our privy-shed features a wonderfully-informative NEW mini-exhibit looking back at dairy farming at historic Pettengill Farm through a select group of farm implements related to salt water dairy farming. The items include a variety of bog shoes worn by horses during salt hay harvest and farm instruments related to milk and dairy product processing. Kids can learn the simple chemistry behind making butter and then make some!
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit our early 19thc Pettengill saltbox house where you will find room docents from RSU5 High School. Wait till you see the sgrafitti upstairs! After the tour, youngsters are invited to try their hand at sgraffiti-making at our Maine Arts Workshop table.
Lunch and snacks are available from 11am- 2pm.
Pettengill Farm is located 1.3 miles 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.
Event donation: $5.00 adults, $2.00 children
The community-minded sponsors of the 39th Annual Pettengill Farm Day are Bath Savings Trust/ Bath Savings Institution, Coffee by Design, Sherman’s Stationary & Books, Frosty’s Donuts, Freeport True Value Hardware, Derosiers and Island Treasure Toys.
Thank you to our 2014 Annual Sponsors: LLBean, Bath Savings Institution/Bath Savings Trust, Chilton Furniture, Hilton Garden Inn, Taggart Construction, Brown Goldsmiths, Riley Insurance, Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen & Topside Tavern and Freeport USA