Freeport Historical Society presents the first of five public programs beginning on Sunday, September 28th and continuing into January, 2015. All presentations take place at the Freeport Community Library on Sundays at 1:30pm. Tickets to each presentation are $5.00pp. FHS Members are free.
Amos Gerald – The Electric Railroad King of Maine is the topic of the first presentation by educator Art Ray.
Amos F. Gerald was born in Fairfield and in his lifetime earned the title as “The Electric Railroad King of Maine” by being involved with the creation, promotion, financing and operations of twelve electric railroads or ‘trolleys’ in Maine in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. An interesting aspect of the trolley era was that trolleys began in individual communities but in time were linked together serving many other communities. One of Amos’ most remembered initiatives was to develop destinations for these interconnected trolley lines–places where families could visit via the trolley on weekends providing a respite the busy cities. Two of the locations that will interest folks in the Freeport area are Casco Castle in South Freeport and Merrymeeting Park in Brunswick.
Amos was also a very civic minded businessman, inventor, horseman who became one of the earliest promoters of electricity. Today we find it hard to believe but in its earliest day’s electricity was an unknown element that caused rational people to resist and fight the concept of having their streets lined with poles and wires to power trolleys.
Learn about the man who had so many other interests and had such an impact on the State of Maine in a time before automobiles and the broadcast media.
Don’t miss this one-time opportunity to jump on our Trolley at 2:30p and retrace the original route in this one-hour trip narrated by Holly Hurd $10pp
The presentations are part of our current exhibit, You CAN Get There from Here: How Transportation Defined Freeport.
Event sponsors are Norway Savings Bank and the Maine Humanities Council.