Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September Presentation on the Brownfield Rocker...

   At the Historical Societies September 21, 2013 meeting former Brownfield resident Jo Harmon will present a talk on the unique Brownfield rocker.  Some of you may have one of these treasures in your attic!  If you do, please bring along a photograph of it to share and to have Jo authenticate your rocker!

   Ms. Harmon will focus on Brownfield resident Hiram Seavey who worked in the 1870's and 80's making rockers in his small mill.  She will talk about the Seavey family, the late 19th century in Brownfield and the chair's unique construction techniques.  Ms. Harmon will also bring along examples from her own collection.  You won't want to miss this presentation so mark your calendars!

September 21, 2013
1:30 pm after a short business meeting.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Builders of the Porter Old Meeting House...

Who Were The Bullockites?
   The meeting house was built by a group of Free-Will Baptists from Parsonsfield, Maine. The name Bullockites comes from their preacher Rev. Jeremiah Bullock.
   The following description of their religious practice is from the booklet on the Old Meeting House created by F.E. ‘Dinny’ Whitmarsh in 1978 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the meeting house.
   "The Bullockites, so-called, retained a simple form of worship. There was impromptu singing by the congregation without accompaniment, and much praying, recitation of poetry and testimony by individuals. The number of prayers and exhortations at each meeting were recorded, often times more than 50 persons speaking at one service. From 10 o’clock in the morning until five in the afternoon there was no break except for luncheon. Any prayer or exhortation might be followed by 'Amen brother' or 'Bless the Lord' ".
   In the 1970's the Meeting House was put on the National Registry of Historic Buildings. It is a unique structure and deserves to be properly maintained.  The roof as been repaired and recovered and the sills replaced. But in a building of this age, there is always something that needs tending.
   The next thing on the "to do" list for the old meeting house is the stabilization/restoration of its many windows. Some are in critical condition. Many contain lovely antique glass and most of the sills are succumbing to dry rot.  The town of Porter contributes to restoration projects each year but more is necessary if we are to save this wonderful building for future generations.  If you wish to contribute to this restoration project you can mail a tax deductible donation in the form of a check, made out to The Town of Porter - Meetinghouse Restoration Project, to The Town of Porter, 71 Main Street, Porter, Maine 04068.  Any gift, large or small, is most welcomed.