Maine History News…Events…

Fire hits big house in Hebron

HEBRON- A historic farmhouse on Route 124 was in flames early Friday morning and firefighters from several towns were contending with problems arising from the cold. The fire at Legendary Farm at 111 Buckfield Road was reported by a person driving past the scene about 10:15 p.m. A half-hour later, the entire house was in flames………….

Fire destroys 104-year-old former Patten school

PATTEN- Seven fire departments could do little to save the 104-year-old former Patten Primary School on Main Street from a fire Thursday that left a family of seven homeless………

Maine Heritage Village gets boost from Bintliff

Wiscasset-…..His vision is to create a village where people can learn about and enjoy the culture of Maine, a farmers’ market, a lobster pound and restaurant, an art gallery, and a pharmacy. Free exhibit space will be offered to all Maine’s non-profits. The village will focus on Maine traditions like lobstering, fishing, canoe building, agriculture and hunting. He also hopes to have some involvement with Maine’s Native American tribes, including the Wabanaki tribe………

Support The Fish Ladder Restoration And Win $10,000

Nobelboro- The Nobleboro Historical Society has kicked off a raffle to support the Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration. Only 250 tickets will be sold at a cost of $100 each. The winner will receive $10,000 and $15,000 will go to support the restoration efforts. The cost of a ticket is high but groups of people can buy a ticket together. If four people go in on a ticket, winners will get $2500 each……….

Fort Edgecomb Bicentennial

Good news on the Fort Edgecomb Bicentennial front! Our first speakers in the Nick Dean Memorial Lecture Series will be Norman Buttrick, who was assistant director on the 1985 archaeological excavation on the site, and Lee Cranmer, Historic Archaeologist with the State’s Bureau of Historic Preservation. This talk will be sponsored by the Edgecomb Historical Society, and is scheduled for Thurs., April 16. ……..

Popham Colony group gives $25K to museum

BATH- Maine’s First Ship, an organization planning to construct a replica of the 1607 vessel Virginia, presented the Maine Maritime Museum and the Maine State Museum each with checks for $25,000. Both recipients were given the funds Jan. 23 to support educational programs that will showcase the story of the Popham Colony, which existed in 1607-1608, the same time as the founding of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the New World. It was during the Popham Colony’s short life that the pinnace Virginia was built there, foreshadowing the shipbuilding tradition that would boom in Maine……

Historical Society on Target

MILLINOCKET- Entering into 2009, members of the Millinocket Historical Society are right on target for the New Year. The recent $2,500 grant from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust is but one of a number of generous contributions the society has been fortunate enough to receive. With slightly less than a year remaining to complete the sale of the property from the town of Millinocket, which purchased it on the Society’s behalf in November 2007, the group has raised more than half of the money owed to the town……

Notes from listeners……

Windham Historical Society has a wonderful calendar with the theme of Neighborhoods. They are $10 plus postage. There are not too many left so get yours now or at the Feb. 24 meeting at Windham library (9:30 to noon.) You may also contact Kay Soldier at 892-5381.

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