Maine History News…Events…

Sick Union soldiers’ lives come to an end near Houma

The tragic incident which became Houma’s only significant claim to Civil War notoriety was still a matter of Northern discussion when the Indiana Historical Society met in late 1921. More than 50 years after it ended, Union veterans of the Civil War were still discussing events they had witnessed as soldiers. In 1921, the Indiana Historical Society heard Rufus Dooley’s recollection of Houma’s infamous ambush of sick Union soldiers. Rufus Dooley, one of the guest speakers, had been part of the “Butler’s Mississippi Expedition” which managed in 1862 to force its way upriver and take New Orleans. The veteran Union soldier, who had retired to Rockville, Ind., addressed the group on his state’s part in the Butler expedition, including the tragic killing of sick Union soldiers near Houma. His speech was published in the society’s February 1922 bulletin………….

SOMERSET COUNTY Bicentennial events planned

SKOWHEGAN- Municipalities in this rural county that straddles the upper Kennebec Valley are encouraged to make plans for the county-wide bicentennial, which will feature a Feb. 28 kickoff………..District 86 Rep. Phil Curtis of Madison will serve as emcee of the Feb. 28 gala. Earl Shettleworth of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission will provide an oral history of the county and Leslie Drew of the Madison Historical Society also will do a presentation……..He noted that Benedict Arnold spent some time in what now is Madison, navigating the falls on the Kennebec River on his march to Quebec. Some of the oldest settlements in the area are on Old Point Avenue and on River Road in Madison. “Let the people know what’s going on around them, and what went on around them,” said Drew, who maintains the Madison Historical Society office at the Old Point Avenue Facility…….

Brooks rail restoration on track

BROOKS- The former Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad tracks will be carrying excursion trains and bicycles this summer if everything goes according to plan. The Brooks Preservation Society has entered into a lease agreement with the Maine Department of Transportation for restoration and operation of the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad corridor with the intent of restoring railroad activity to Waldo County. The society has rights over track from Waldo to Burnham Junction…………

For additional information as well as schedules for excursions and events, visit, contact them by e-mail at or by mail at Brooks Preservation Society, 31 Veterans Highway, Brooks 04921.

‘Main Street’ on Congress Street

PORTLAND- “Main Street, Maine — Downtown Views From the Eastern Publishing and Illustrating Company,” a captivating exhibit capturing scenes of life along Main Street in communities across the state between 1910 and 1940, will open at the Maine Historical Society Museum Thursday, Feb. 12. The exhibit, which will continue through May 31, is being presented in collaboration with the Penobscot Marine Museum of Searsport. The public is invited to a reception for the show from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27………….

Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and will add noon to 5 p.m. Sunday hours in May. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children age 5 through 17. For more information, call 774-1822 or visit

Hastings House chamber is model for Augusta display

In the Maine State Museum’s new “At Home in Maine” exhibition, visitors may meander their way through a series of typical rooms from an old-style Maine home. The tour begins with a traditional 19th-century Acadian kitchen, passes by a 1938-style dining room, and wends its way through a porch from a rustic Maine cottage……….

Sleigh rides to aid Windsor Fair site

WINDSOR- Enjoy the beauty of snow covered fields at an annual sleigh rally on Sunday. At the rally, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Windsor Fairgrounds, visitors can ride sleighs and wagons pulled by 2,000-pound horses.
Admission is $4 for all rides.

From an email;

DEAD RIVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY — Main St., Stratton. Sat. & Sun. 11 am-3 pm.
EMBDEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY — 3rd Monday, 7 pm, Embden Town House.
KINGFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY — Weds. 10 am-2 pm, Jun.-Sept. 2nd & 3rd Suns. 1-4 pm, Jul.& Aug. FMI: 265-2638, 678-2877; KHS house: 265-4032.
PHILLIPS HISTORICAL SOC. & SANDY RIVER RAILROAD — 1st & 3rd Sun.- Soc.: 1- 3 pm, Jul. & Aug.; Mus.: 11 am-4 pm, Jun.-Oct. Pleasant St., Phillips. 639-3352.

RANGELEY REGION LOGGING MUSEUM — Jul & Aug, Sat & Sun 11 am-2 pm & by appt. (864-5595), Rte. 16, Rangeley. 864-3939.
STANLEY MUSEUM — School St., Kingfield.
1-4 pm; Apr-Oct, Tue-Sun & Nov-Mar, Tue-Fri. 265-2729.

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  1. Tim W

    What a great new blog about touring historic Maine.

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