Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society

Meeting and free program – Public Invited.

 To introduce our new exhibit scheduled to open in June,

we are presenting the film



“WOODSMEN AND RIVER DRIVERS

Another day, another era.”



To be followed by

oral history stories from some of the men and women whose lives

depended on the logging business in the years past.



Saturday, May 19, 2018
Meeting – 2 p.m.      Program – 2:30 p.m.

At History House
92 Main Street
Kezar Falls Village (Rt. 160)
FMI – 625-7019


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Logging in the Sacopee Valley


Logging has long been a major industry in the Sacopee Valley and surrounding towns.  In the early days timber was most often cut in the winter.  If not hauled to local or portable saw mills near by, the logs were transported by horses or trucks to landings along the Ossipee and Saco river banks to wait for spring and high river waters.  In about April after the river ice was gone men called “river drivers” rolled them into the river and floated them down stream all the way to the mills of J. G. Deering & Son and Diamond Match Company on the Saco River in Biddeford.  
River Driving - 1918

River driving was an annual occurrence on the Great Ossipee River from the 1820’s right into the middle of the 1960’s.  Here men are knee-deep in the frigid water of the Ossipee River in an effort to keep the logs moving over the dam at Kezar Falls.  Many logs were destined for mills along the Saco River.  The Kezar Falls covered bridge is in the background and Garner Island is on the right.