From the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing, this book contains 229 previously unpublished historic photographs with new research and information. Holly’s presentation will highlight historic images from the book and include behind-the-scenes bonus material. Reception to start at 6:00pm. $5 or free with a purchase of a book. Seating is limited so advanced registration is recommended.
Due to risk posed by the coronavirus, FHS has opted to postpone upcoming events until further notice. This means that we will not be hosting:
The History of Plants on March 26th
FHS 2020 Annual Meeting on April 4th
Continual Bloom in the Perennial Garden on April 7th
We are optimistic about re-scheduling these wonderful events in the near future, and we wish all of our members and friends safety and wellness during this difficult time.
Saturday, April 4th at 4:00 pm
Freeport Community Services, 53 Depot Street
Honored Speaker: Colin Woodard
Please join us for a brief business meeting to celebrate FHS, elect trustees, and present annual awards.
The meeting will be followed by “200 Years as a State, 170 as a Colony: The forces that shaped Maine’s Past, Present and Future,” a talk from Maine author and journalist Colin Woodard.
Refreshments will be served before the meeting.
Woodard tells the backstory of Maine, a harrowing and little understood saga of war and betrayal, of clashing empires and ethnic cleansing, of an intra-English civil war and a 170 year colonial occupation by Massachusetts of what had been a separate province. These events shaped Mainers as a people and explain some of the culture’s most impressive virtues and most frustrating faults, as well as the still fraught relationship between this land’s real natives and the rest of us whose families came “from away” at some point in the past four hundred years.
Colin Woodard is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist. He is currently a contributing editor at Politico and State & National Affairs Writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, where he won a 2012 George Polk Award, was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, and was named 2014 Journalist of the Year by the Maine Press Association. A Maine native and a longtime foreign correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The San Francisco Chronicle, he has reported from more than fifty foreign countries and seven continents, and lived for more than four years in Eastern Europe. He is the author of six books: Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood (Viking, 2020) American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good (Viking, 2016) American Nations: A History of The Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America (Viking, 2011), The Republic of Pirates: Being The True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down (Harcourt, 2007), the New England bestseller The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier (Viking, 2004), a cultural and environmental history of coastal Maine, and Ocean’s End: Travels Through Endangered Seas (Basic Books, 2000), a narrative non-fiction account of the deterioration of the world’s oceans. A graduate of Tufts University and the University of Chicago, he lives in Midcoast Maine. www.colinwoodard.com
Thursday, March 26th
45 Main St., Harrington House
$5 suggested donation
Join us for a lecture with historian June O’Donal. O’Donal is a retired museum educator whose passion for history has led her to author The Fryeburg Chronicles, a series of family-friendly historic novels about her hometown of Fryeburg, Maine, and has led to her research of plant history. How do plants influence our culture? June will have her books for sale. Refreshments provided at 6:30.
Tuesday, April 7th from 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Harrington House, 45 Main St.
Suggested donation: $5
Join the FHS Garden Committee in welcoming Bill Kennie, Nursery Manager at Allen, Sterling & Lothrup. Come and hear Bill explain how to have “Continual Bloom in the Perennial Garden.” Bill has many years of experience as a landscaper and designer.
Saturday, October 19th at 10:00 am
Mast Landing Audobon Sanctuary
Join the Freeport Historical Society in the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the history of Dennison’s Falls at the Mast Landing Audubon Sanctuary.
This event will recognize the years of work that local history advocate David Coffin and FHS staff and volunteers have put into researching and sharing the history of Mast Landing and clearing the mill site at Dennison’s Falls.
Contact the Freeport Historical Society at
(207) 865-3170 with any questions.
October 24th, 25th, and 26th at 6:15 and 7:00 pm
Mast Landing Cemetery,
Upper Mast Landing Road, Freeport
In the event of hard rain, tours will move to the First Parish Church and one combined show will occur at 7:00.
October 27th at 3:00 pm
First Parish Church
40 Main Street, Freeport
For the past 5 years, Freeport Historical Society has partnered with Freeport Players to bring you a series of Halloween-inspired, costumed tours of local cemeteries. This year, we will tell the stories of the ghosts of the historic Mast Landing Cemetery. Join us for a ghostly fall performance and sweet treats from Wilbur’s of Maine. Please note, this event is historical, not scary, and is appropriate for school-aged children.
We strongly recommend you purchase tickets in advance as we can accommodate only a limited number of participants in each tour.
You can purchase tickets online here for no extra service fee.
Adult tickets are $10 for members of the Freeport Historical Society and $12 for non-members. Kids 12 and under pay $5. We have a special 4+ family rate this year of $25 for member or non-members.
*Mast Landing Cemetery is on a steep incline. If you have difficulty navigating uneven terrain, please consider attending our performance at First Parish Church*
Freeport Historical Society announces their 2nd Annual Writing Contest from Oct 1-Dec 14, 2018. The contest is associated with our exhibit Blacksmiths and Storekeepers: Freeport Village, Crossroads of Change, 1770-1920 and is open to schoolchildren and adults in Maine who visit the exhibit. It will be judged by local writers and teachers and features historical prizes for winners in three categories. Visit www.freeporthistoricalsociety.org for details.
Due to rain tomorrow 10/27, we will be offering one indoor performance of Ghosts of Freeport’s Past at the First Parish Church at 7pm. Guests are also welcome to attend the Sunday performance at 3:30 at the First Parish Church.
Thursday through Saturday, October 25-27, 2018
6:30, 7:00, and 7:30pm
In the event of inclement weather, one evening show at 7pm will take place at First Parish Church, 40 Main Street.
The interred of Woodlawn Cemetery will provide Ghost Tours for all those present in the flesh. Our Ghost host will greet us with a brief history of the cemetery and introduce us to friends who are haunting the cemetery. All apparitions will be portrayed by actors from the Freeport Players, in period costume who will materialize and share stories from their mortal state. Note: This event is historical, not scary, and is appropriate for school-aged children.
An indoor performance will take place on Sunday, October 28th at 3:30pm at the First Parish Church on Main Street. Tickets to be sold online and available at the door.
Sunday Sep 30th, 2018
10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
31 Pettengill Road
Join us at for a day of family fun at our pristine 140-acre Salt Water Farm. There is always a lot to see and do on this 200+ year old farmstead as we celebrate rural life of the 1800’s. We will enjoy horse drawn wagon rides, kid’s crafts and games, farm animals, apple cider pressing, specialty walks on the grounds, agility-dog exhibition, lunch and more. The original farmhouse will be open that day and guided tours available. Old Time Baseball is back and played to 1860’s rules. A youth participation inning is included. Adults $5 Children $2.