Middle Road Village was once considered the heart of Parsonsfield. It was here that the early meetings were held, where the first church was built and the first Town House and Town offices were located. Once there was a store, a post office, library, church, a cemetery with some of Parsonsfield’s earliest settlers and much more at this one corner where Middle Road and Merrill Hill Road intersect.
This once a year event will open the 1832 Town House to the public, so everyone can see this unique structure now on the National Register of Historic Places. Town Houses/Meeting Houses are unique to New England and this one is even more unique due to its construction and it’s sloping floor that allows for better audience viewing.
As the building sat idle except for occasional use in 2001 a group undertook to preserve the building. The ROOT group (Restore Our Old Town house), led by the intrepid Barbara Korn and co-chair Diane Morrill, made some great improvements that will add years to the life of the building. They also established a wonderful garden adjacent to the building.
Come visit this unique building, find out more about the neighborhood, and learn about 19th century gardens on Saturday, August 15 from 1 to 3. Refreshments will be served, a self-guided cemetery walk will be available (wear sturdy shoes), exhibits & displays will highlight some of the past buildings and inhabitants of Middle Road Village. The garden talk will begin around 2 o’clock.
If you have stories, photos, memorabilia to share, please bring them along. We’d love to have more information.
Mark your calendars:
Saturday, August 15, 2015
1 pm - 3 pm