Join us for “Gundalows and Joiners: Early Freeport’s Waterways”, a discussion by local historian Alan Hall, Sunday October 26 at 1:30 at Freeport Community Library.
Hall’s talk will trace the connection between the earliest settlements in Freeport and the community’s waterways. In addition to using the rivers and streams as an early transportation network, the colonial residents of the town relied upon mill sites, landings, salt hay marshes, and stages for drying fish to support their earliest economic activities. From the Cousins River to the Harraseeket estuary and Bunganuc Creek, the waterways provided the most reliable means to move food, supplies, lumber, and people in and out of the new town. This maritime lifeline remained essential to the development of the town until the railroad arrived in 1849 shifted Freeport’s economic center inland.
Alan Hall is a teacher, writer and lecturer who has taught history at Yarmouth High School for many years. Outside of the classroom he has pursued his interest in local and maritime history, research that led to the publication of a photographic history of the town of Yarmouth and more than thirty monographs and articles. His current interest in Freeport’s maritime history has grown out of his research into the life of Captain Alfred T. Small who was one of the captains of Freeport’s legendary Tam O’ Shanter.
The program accompanies FHS’s current exhibit, You Can Get There from Here, which is on display at the Society’s headquarters at 45 Main St, Freeport. Opening hours are 9-4, Tues-Fri.
Admission is free for FHS members; $5 for non-members.