Gundalow's and Gunpowder: Approaching Freeport's Early History from the Sea
Alan Hall’s talk will focus on the transition from Freeport's earliest colonial settlements in the 18th century into the early days of Freeport's industrial and ship building economy of the early 19th century from the 1750’s to the 1840’s. 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.
Admission: $5 for non-members, FREE for FHS members