Sunday, October 26, 2014

Giving Thanks...

Freedom from Want - Norman Rockwell

 We have a lot to be thankful for at History House!  It is that time we all look forward to, when we can welcome old and new friends to our annual Thanksgiving dinner.  Call Jan Iler at 625-7019 for a reservation so we can be sure there is enough to go around!

1:00 pm
Saturday November 15, 2014
at the Porter Town Hall

   Here is a recipe from the historical society's 1947 cookbook.  I'll be posting other recipes during our "off" season.  Might be a fun way to while away the winter days...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Scrapbooking and Digital Collages to Preserve Your Family's History

   Digital is the way to go if you wish to preserve your family photographs, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia.   This presentation will give you a starting point to create beautiful digital collages to keep and share with family.  Presentation will begin at about 1:30pm after a brief business meeting.   Below is a page from my digital album...

Hope to see you there!  It is the last business meeting of the season and we will be drawing the name of the winner of the beautiful quilt!

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Public tours of the Blazo-Leavitt House will be available October 3rd, 5th and 19th through MSAD 55 Adult & Community Education.  Advance reservations are required – call 207 625-3092.

Cost: donations at the time of the tour will benefit the Parsonsfield-Porter
           Historical Society. 

Location: 515 North Road (Route 160 South in North Parsonsfield across from Pars Sem).

Tour Guide: Peter Cyr - the present owner who purchased the property in Nov. 2013 and
Is in the process of extensive restorations.  Thus, it is very much a “work in progress”.  

The Blazo-Leavitt house was built in 1812 by William Blazo, uncle to prominent Parsonsfield lawyer Robert Tibbetts Blazo. Oral tradition holds that Robert Blazo, as a young man of fifteen in 1812, and later aged twenty in 1817, had helped with the construction of his uncle’s house. Robert was bound out to William when his father, Daniel, died in an accident in1802.  Later, ownership passed to Robert and then to his two daughters and eventually to Susan (Blazo) Leavitt’s son, Robert Greenleaf Leavitt.  The property remained in the family until it was sold by Robert Leavitt’s daughter, Constance (Leavitt) Hanson in 1974.  

This large two story house has five large brick chimneys, unique doorways and interior details.  What is now the large ell was built in 1812 and the main house built in 1817.  It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Robert Tibbetts Blazo began his career as a schoolmaster, went on to become a lawyer and was an influential resident of Parsonsfield.  He conveyed the land and was instrumental in establishing Parsonsfield Seminary located across the road from this house.  (For more details check Wickipedia on the internet.)


Saturday, September 6, 2014

People and Places of Middle Road Village- A presentation by Lyn Sudlow

 Saturday, September 20 at 1pm at History House...

Middle Road Village was once the thriving center of Parsonsfield. There, at the crossroads of Middle Road and Merrill Hill Road, stood the town meeting house and offices, a school, a library, store and post office where the mail came each day.

   There were 2 churches, a large cemetery, a couple of blacksmith shops, a tavern and an inn and more than a score of beautiful houses. Residents included successful doctors, lawyers, farmers, and merchants. Today little is left of what existed back in the 1800's. Lyn Sudlow, who has been researching the history of Middle Road Village, will take us with her on a virtual journey into the past as we explore the changes over the years.  Please join us for this informative talk.

Have you purchased your quilt raffle tickets yet?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Open House this Sunday at the Porter Old Meeting House....

Come enjoy an afternoon of music
at the
Sunday, Aug. 31, 2013     1 – 3 pm

Pianist Frank Baxter will be playing a variety of music on the Meeting House organ accompanied by vocalist Kathleen Ford.
This is also an opportunity to tour this local gem and learn about its history

Rain or Shine!
Located on Old Meeting House Road, Porter, ME

Directions: from Kezar Falls Village: take Rt. 25 West to Colcord Pond Rd., then right on Old Meeting House Rd. From Porter Village: take First County Rd., bear left at Colcord Pond Rd. then right on Old Meeting House Rd.
FMI call– 625 7019
Sponsored by
Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society
(Sorry, no “facilities” available)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Open House at the Parsonsfield Old Town House

Old cemeteries can be found along many of our roads in this part of Maine. Parsonsfield, for instance, has nearly 200 of them. Some are the final resting places of the original settlers of the area.

   This past Saturday, the Old Parsonsfield Town House was open to the public and many people took advantage of the rare opportunity to see the inside of the building that once was the center of community life in this town and to find out more about the adjacent Town House Cemetery.

    The open house, sponsored by the Parsonsfield Porter Historical Society, featured an array of exhibits focusing on the once bustling Middle Road Village and who used to live there.  

     Special guest speaker, Jessica Davis (formerly Jessica Felix), spoke about old New England cemeteries and gravestones and how to best preserve them. Her talk was filled with fascinating historical details about burials and how stones and their design changed over time. Even more interesting, she led a walk through the Town House Cemetery and demonstrated the proper method of cleaning stones and a simple (and non-damaging) method for setting a tilted or downed stone upright.  Everyone paid rapt attention. 

     If anyone would like a copy of Jessica’s handout on cemetery restoration and the do’s and don’ts of caring for the stones,, please contact Lyn Sudlow ( with “Gravestones” in the subject line.

            The next meeting of the Parsonsfield Porter Historical Society will take place at the Porter Old Meeting House on (appropriately enough) the Old Meetinghouse Road in Porter.  To find out more about another gem of an historic meetinghouse, come to the open house on Sunday, August 31 between 1 and 3pm.  This building is on the National Register of Historic Places (as is the Parsonsfield Old Meeting House) and well worth a visit. Besides the opportunity to tour the building, pianist Frank Baxter will be playing the Meeting House organ accompanied by vocalist Kathleen Ford.  To find out more, visit the historical society’s blog: or call Jan @ 625-7019.