Monday, September 19, 2016

In Memorium

Dorothy Gilman Locke
February 13, 1921 -
 September 19, 2016

Dotty served as the treasure of the historical society for many years and along with her husband, Clayton, was a active member in many town organizations donating countless hours, baked goods and her cheerful presence. She was instrumental in my First Person Rural project  in Porter and these are two images from that series. I cannot picture Dotty with idle hands. She was always baking, knitting, crocheting or quilting.  She made the quilt for the society to raffle off as a fundraiser for many, many years.  I will always be thankful for her wonderful friendship and I know I speak for all who knew will be greatly missed Dotty. Rest now in peace, your work is done.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Still time to get your raffle tickets!

There is still time to purchase your quilt raffle tickets.  The drawing will be Saturday October 22, 2016 at the History House.  You can pick up your tickets at the Apple Festival in Cornish on Sunday 25 September 2016 or at our last open house of the season.

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016,   1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society
Last formal showing of exhibit
of South Hiram”

This exhibit has many pictures of South Hiram, the village and beyond.  Do you remember the Corner Store, the Saw Mill, Bobbin Mill, Red School House and all the great people of those days gone by? Come see what is here.  You   are bound to see someone you know.

Come view the exhibits, tour the house
and browse our scrapbook collection.

 History House
92 Main Street in
Kezar Falls Village (Rt. 160)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Annual Yard and Bake Sale at History House!

"History House"
92 Main Street
Kezar Falls Village

August 27, 2016

9:00 - 1:00 pm

Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society

Please bring your donations to History House.  We need your donations to make this sale a success. You can leave them on the porch and thank you!

 No clothing, computers, or appliances please!  This is our major fundraiser to cover our yearly expenses so all donations are gratefully appreciated.  Don't have any yard sale items and no time to bake?  We accept gently used dollar bills as well!
Where Local History Matters!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Secrets of the Vault Revealed!

Parsonsfield’s first meeting house was built in 1790 by Thomas Parsons. It served as both the center for town business and as the place of worship for the Congregationalists.  By the 1830’s government and religion were separated and a separate Town House was built just across the road.  In 1832 local craftsman William E. Moulton built the unique building that stood as the town’s center of the community from the time of its construction until 1985 –the last year town meetings were held there. During the early 20h century, the town clerk’s home often became the site of day-to-day business and small meetings.  Many of the records used on a regular basis were kept at the clerk’s home. Townspeople continued to use the building for voting for another 20 years, but it now stands basically unused.

            In 1981, or thereabouts, the town officials went through the rest of the records stored at the Town House (many in the fire-proof vault) and removed any records they thought they should keep. But they also left many.  The vault was filled with old tax maps and “Valuation” Books and other documents dating back to the early 1800’s.  Boxes of other documents and records were left in the office on the 2nd floor – some of those dating back even further.  They were left to the ravages of extreme heat and cold, moisture and marauding squirrels, porcupines, and other wild beasts.

         With the blessing of the current Parsonsfield Selectmen, we have removed any salvageable records to a dryer, safer environment where we can assess what is there and make plans for preservation and proper storage.  In the process, we have come across some really interesting documents that give us a glimpse back into the lives of those who came before us. We will be sharing some of those with those who attend our open house on August 20.

            Please join us as we open the Parsonsfield Old Town House once more so you can have a peek back into the history of what was once the center of town.

Saturday, August 20 from 1pm to 3pm.

Located near the corner of

 Merrill Hill Road and Middle Road.

            The Union Church (1905) sits near the site of the original Congregational Church built in 1790 and is just across the street and is on the site of the 2nd Congregational Church built in 1830.  It will also be open to the public for a peek inside.

            While you are there you may also want to visit the adjacent Town House Cemetery where many of our earliest settlers are buried -- including the first minister Benjamin Rolfe and Rufus McIntire, a noted lawyer, politician and surveyor whose capture by the British in 1812 almost set off another war, and Tristram Redman, who was also captured (by the French) in 1799 and was able to retake his ship and turn the “pirates” over to the British authorities.  You can take a self-guided tour to meet some of these folks and read their stories. Wear sturdy shoes.

--Lyn Sudlow
President, PPHS

Friday, July 15, 2016

Saturday at the Theater...

Meeting and Program for July 23, 2016:

For the July meeting we will gather at the Kezar Falls Movie theater with our host Silas Hagerty. Every year Silas treats us to a look at the latest renovations of the old theater. In addition,the program will be:

“Stars &Stripes: Getting to know the U.S. Flag.”  It will be presented by historian Steve Bunker.

You can also see the old flag Silas found at the theater during his renovations. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Meeting - 1 p.m.    
Program 1:30 p.m.
at the Kezar Falls Movie Theater  
 21 Main Street
Kezar Falls Village (Rt. 160)

ps.  The garden tour was a huge success with over 100 people touring the seven gardens.  Thankfully, the weather co-operated nicely and a good time was had by all.