Although 2023 has started off as a very mild winter, that is not usual for Kezar Falls and the surrounding area. Let’s look at some old-fashioned Maine winter scenes from years past.
This is Kezar Falls from the Parsonsfield side of the river looking through the covered bridge with the Merrifield bobbin mill on the right, Frank Holmes store is left of the bridge on the Porter side and the Methodist church is in the background. Each town “snowed” the road inside the bridge to keep it passable for sleighs. The roads were rolled to pack down the snow instead of plowing in those days.
This scene shows the snow being rolled on Kezar Mountain Road to pack it down so it would be passable.
This was a little later, probably in the 1940’s taken from the Hotel Malvern at the intersection of River Street, Bridge Street and Rt. 25. The Methodist church is out of sight on the right. Beyond the triangle is Frank Holmes store and filling station. The bridge is out of sight on the left.
This last picture is how I remember winter as a child growing up in Kezar Falls. In fact, there was often much more snow than in any of these pictures.
- Jan Iler