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Chamberlain Days and Lovers leap in Bangor

It’s time for another annual Joshua Chamberlain Days event in the town of Brunswick Maine, hosted by the Pejepscot Historical Society.

Here’s the ininerary from their website, which you can find here in its entirety, as well as more on this Civil War heroe from Maine.



Thursday, August 25

7 pm – Opening Lecture – Thomas Desjardin, Chamberlain scholar

Title: “The Chamberlain You Never Knew”

Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Room

Friday, August 26

11 am – Walking Tour of Chamberlain’s Brunswick

Guide: John Cross

Logistics: Meet at the Chamberlain statue at the corner of Maine St.

and Bath road, free but registration required (call 729-6606).

12 – 5 PM – Civil War Encampment with 20th Maine Regiment

Logistics: Brunswick’s Lower Mall, Free and open to the public.

2 pm – Workshop – “The Life and Times of a Confederate Surgeon and Medical

Practices of the American Civil War”

Presenter: Chris Nulle (15th Alabama Company G reenactor)

Logistics: Lower Mall (with rain location, PHS Museum)

4 – 6 pm – General Chamberlain Reception

Host: The Brunswick Inn, 165 Park Row, Brunswick

$25 donation per person, cash bar

(tickets available through PHS and during Chamberlain Days)

6 pm – Centennial Band Concert – 19th century music

Location: Gazebo on the Brunswick Mall

Saturday, August 27

10am – 5 pm – Civil War Encampment with 20th Maine Regiment

Location: Brunswick’s Lower Mall, Free and open to the public.

10 am – Walking Tour of Chamberlain’s Brunswick.

Guide: John Cross

Location: Meet at the Chamberlain statue at the corner of Maine St. and

Bath road, free but registration required (Call 729-6606)

11 am – Workshop – “The Life and Times of a Young Confederate Soldier”

Presenter: Kate Nulle

Location: lower Mall (with rain location, PHS Museum), free but

donations welcomed!

12 – 1:30 – Civil War Bake Sale – Hardtack, 1800’s candy, beef jerky etc.

Location: Lower Mall

1 pm – Lecture – By author Ned Smith Maine author and scholar will be presenting a talk on

“22nd Maine Infantry”

Location: Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick

2 pm – Lecture – Diane M. Smith, author of Fanny and Joshua: The enigmatic

Lives of Frances Caroline Adams and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (1999,

Thomas Publications)

Location: Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick

7 – 8:30 pm – “From the Land of Spruce Gum and Buckwheat Cakes!”

A series of readings and song from Joshua Chamberlain and contemporaries

of the Civil War.

Location: Theater Project, 11 School Street, Brunswick.

Tickets: suggested $10 (on sale through PHS or during Chamberlain Days)

Sunday, August 28

9 am – Parade of Respect and Honor – Leaving from the 20th Maine Encampment on the

Brunswick Mall to Chamberlain Family gravesite in Pine Grove Cemetery.

(all welcome to join – meet on the mall at 8:45 am)

Organized by:


159 Park Row, Brunswick, ME 04011


Please contact Interim Executive Director, John Briley, with any questions.


Lovers leap, on the Kenduskeag in Bangor Maine

It seems as though every state in the Union has a lovers leap, some have more than one, and Maine is no exception. Up in Bangor, just outside of town on the Kenduskeag is a massive, and impressive cliff known as Lovers Leap. It is situated just across the stream where William Potter built a sawmill in 1795. The tales are many as to how this spot became known as Lovers leap, and the piece by Walter Allen Rice at the end of this post is probably the best legend. But no matter how the spot came to be called lovers leap, it didn’t prevent it from becoming a famed meeting place for lovers of all ages.

Young men would carve lines of prose into the trunks of trees extolling the virtues of their loves, and here are a couple of inscriptions that had been copied for The History of Penobscot County in 1882.

Lines copied from a tree in a beautiful and romantic spot on the banks of the Kenduskeag;

Miss…Thy beauty rivals all the classic pride
Of sculptured forms that taste has deified;
Love’s earliest light plays timidly and shy
In the soft lustre of that gentle eye;
Yet have I dared, thou most enchanting maid,
To inscribe thy name within this hallowed shade:

Another Inscription copied from a tree near Lover’s Leap:
Miss …Of lovely Sophia’s eyes beware,

Mirth and mischief mingle there;

I with her have careless laugh’d,

Nor fear’d shy beauty’s dangerous shaft;

But pensive now I linger heTe,

To trace a name forever dear.

Here is a photo of Lovers leap I took while on a visit to Bangor:

A Legend ; Walter Allen Rice

It is down mid the forests of Maine,

Where Kenduskeag still flows thro’ the hills,

From the days when the Indian held reign,

Whence cometh this legend that thrills

The listener’s heart. Long ago,

When the settler first paddled this stream,

Long ‘ere the wide woods were laid low,

Or the red man awoke from his dreams;

Up circled the smoke to the sky

From a wigwam where dwelt Raven Hair;

Not a brave of the tribe but would die

For the sake of this maiden most fair,—

For the love of the chief’s only child;

Though twenty brief summers had flown,

On none of the band had she smiled,

But to all her young heart was as stone.

The chieftain oft grieved as he thought

Of his daughter so cold and so proud,

And entreated to better her lot,—

Yield her heart and her hand to White Cloud ;

But sadly she bowed the fair head,

And firmly she answered him “nay”;

For “another she’d promised,” she said,

And she turned from her father away.

“My daughter, what stranger has won

The pride of thy father’s brave band ?”

Proud the answer—”The settler—the son

Of the paleface—the brave Iron Hand.”

The fierce warriors stole forth on that night

To the vale where the villagers lay,—

But swifter than they in her flight

Raven Hair thro’ the wood sped away.

At his post her young lover she found,

In a breath all their danger she told ;

About her his strong arms he wound,

And kissed the fair cheeks strangely cold:—

“Iron Hand, for thy life thou must flee,

There is war ‘tween the red and the white;

So risk not thy welfare for me—

Forsake Raven Hair this sad night.”

“Forsake thee, my own!” and his breath

Fell hot on the dusky maid’s cheek,

“Not in life—but united in death,”

His husky voice choked nor could speak.

“By death we escape the dire hate

Of thy father and scorn of the white;

Yonder stream cannot tell of our fate,

Shall we go to the hunting-grounds bright?”

In answer her hand pressed his own,

Together they sped toward the stream,

Till they stood on the cliff high and lone,

Like a phantom—a vision—a dream;

But a moment two shadows as one

Were darkly outlined on the sky,

Then a leap through the air—it was done;

‘Twas the depth of their love e’en to die.

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Ponce’s Landing, Long Island

Headlines and articles on Maine history news

Historic Town House to hold unveiling ceremony in Dixmont

DIXMONT, Maine — An unveiling ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the historic Dixmont Town House, 702 Western Avenue in Dixmont. A historic marker recently was provided and installed at the Dixmont Town House by Central Maine Power Co. The Dixmont Historical Society invites the public to attend the ceremonies. Refreshments will be served. The Town House will be open to view the work that has been done to save the historic building, and members of the Historical Society Committee will be on hand to discuss future plans. For more information, call 234-2271.

Chamberlain Days kicks off Thursday
BRUNSWICK — The Pejepscot Historical Society will sponsor Chamberlain Days, a series of lectures, workshops, and other Civil War related programs for the general public. Programming begins at 7 pm Thursday in the Morrell Meeting Room at Curtis…

Holy History! Churches share stories
The editors were made up of people who had writing skills as well as a knowledge of local history, said historical society Member Sallie Huot, who was one of the editors, as well as the writer of the chapter on the history of Trinity Episcopal Church…

Work of 1800s itinerant artist focus of talk, tours
These are the pastoral views painted on the walls of local historic homes by artist Rufus Porter. History buffs and art admirers attended the Aug. 6 Townsend Historical Society “Porter Landscape School Murals: a Talk and Tour,” led by Rufus Porter…

Historic Orono mill torn asunder as town makes way for condo project

ORONO, Maine — When an excavator’s grapple peeled part of the roof off the old Webster Mill on Monday evening, the crowd that had gathered to watch the demolition of the more than 130-year-old building let out a cheer. The cheers grew louder when the grapple came down on the…

‘Sacred ground’ of Popham settlement commands archaeologist’s attention

PHIPPSBURG, Maine — Dr. Jeffrey Brain sat on a boulder at the edge of a nondescript field near the mouth of the Kennebec River, enjoying the view. Fishing boats puttered by in the swirling currents, cutting through blazes of sunshine cast up by the rippling water. A clam harvester donning…

An island prison: Rugged St. Croix Island brought ghastly death to early settlers

Editor’s Note: This is the first of three stories examining Maine’s historic role in the settling of the New World. The other two parts will run Monday and Tuesday. ROBBINSTON, Maine — When French settlers set out to claim parts of the New World at the turn of the 17th…

States Poke Fun at Themselves through Postcards
Looking for a fun collection that won’t break the bank or something for your children to collect? Worthologist Bonnie Wilpon says that one collection that’s easy to start while on vacation is state humor postcards, which can be found in gas stations, restaurants, hotels, airports and local shops, in addition to postcard shows and on online collecting sites for when you get back home. While every state likes to poke fun at itself and its residents, there are some jokes that transcend state boarders: Can you guess what “bird” is claimed by 30 different states as their “official” winged denizen? Bonnie will show you some examples. Read “States Poke Fun at Themselves through Postcards”

‘Clipperways’ to be razed

The 113-year-old home has been called ‘the jewel of Prouts Neck.’ The new owner will build another house…

Museum News:

Museums of Old York

Upcoming Programs
For a complete and up-to-date calendar please see our website.


19, 26 Hearth Cooking Demonstrations. Join our Tavern Mistress and the Junior Docent ladies from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Remick Barn as they prepare colonial fare, creating a full meal using 18th-century recipes and techniques over the open fire. Stop in Fridays around 3:00 p.m. to taste what’s been created. Hearth cooking demonstrations are free with a ticket to at least one of the Museum buildings.

25 History Brought to Life. Watch the history of the Old Gaol come to life as amateur actors portray the prisoners kept under lock and key. Listen to stories of thievery, debt, embezzlement, murder and escape! Meet the Gaol keeper responsible for keeping these scofflaws locked away and his wife who cooked for and fed them. Meet at the Old Gaol. Program ongoing from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Members free and nominal fee for non-members. Family rates.


18 Lost York: The History that Nature Has Reclaimed. Join Old York staff for a guided tour of areas outside the village proper. Email Richard Bowen for more information.
23 Dinner at Jefferds Tavern. Don’t let the end of summer get you down! Dinner at the Tavern can be the perfect antidote to the blues of shorter days. Enjoy the best of the harvest season in the charming candlelit rooms of the 18th century. Guests are encouraged to bring their own beverages to accompany their hearth-cooked meal.Friday, September 23, 6–8 p.m. $30 per person ($25 members). Reservations required. Email Richard Bowen for more information.

29 History Brought to Life. Meet at the Old Gaol. Program ongoing from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Members free and nominal fee for non-members. Family rates. See above for more info.


6 Who Discovered York? Observe Columbus Day in a different way by learning about the several “discoveries” of York from the 1630s – 1900s. Thursday, October 6, 7 p.m. Remick Barn.
15 Marketfest! The Museums of Old York will be a busy place Saturday October 15th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jefferds Tavern will be open to the public for $1. Visitors can watch the Tavern Mistress cook a full meal over the open fire, enjoy traditional crafters, and check out our new upstairs exhibit on WWII home front efforts. Outside of Jefferds Tavern children and adults can help press apples into cider, enjoy home baked goods and have fun making a rag doll at our kids table. The Remick Barn Visitors Center will be open for $1 with the upstairs exhibit on life in 17th century York, titled “The country heer is plentiful”, open all day. Downstairs people can view the pies entered in our Autumn Pies pie contest, or have their photo taken in costume in our Old Time Photo Booth. The pies will be judged in the Remick Barn at 2 p.m. The 1719 Old Gaol will be open all day so people can see the original stone cells and learn about the prisoners incarcerated within. For $1 join us at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., or 3 p.m. to watch theatrical prisoner performances and hear stories told by the jail keeper! If you would like to enter a pie in the Autumn Pies contest, or are interested in volunteering at the Museum for Marketfest, please email

29 Haunted Historical Halloween. For the third year in a row, Old York invites you to meet the ghosts of the long-departed residents of the local area. Look for details in September. Saturday, October 29, 6 – 8 p.m.

Maine Historical Society

Monday-Friday, 2pm

FILM SCREENING: Innocent Interlude, Scenes of Life in Portland, Maine 1940-41

Take a tour of Portland in the early 1940s through this remarkable series of color films made by city officials. (60 minutes) More info

Wednesday, August 24, 11am

Family Tour of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House More info

Thursday, August 25, 11am

The Longfellow Trail: An Urban Expedition: Guided walking tour through downtown Portland More info

Saturday, August 27, 2pm

FILM SCREENING: The Dave Astor Show Visits Jordan’s Meats

In this episode recorded in 1962 (the only episode of the Dave Astor Show that still exists), Dave and his students celebrate the opening of the new Jordan’s Meats plant in Portland with song, dance, and lots of fun. (60 minutes) More info

Penobscot marine Museum

Greetings From Hampden: Selections from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Collection: Slide talk by Kevin Johnson, Photo Archivist. Sponsored by Hampden Historical Society. At Kinsley House, 83 Main Rd., So. Hampden, ME. For more information: or 207-862-2027, Aug. 22, 7 p.m.

Historic Photos of Jonesport: Kevin Johnson will show historic images of Jonesport and environs from the Eastern Illustrating Collection. At Peabody Memorial Library, 162 Main Street, Jonesport, ME. For more information: 207-497-5644. Aug. 25, 7 p.m.

Shadowbox Workshop: Learn how to make dioramas inspired by the work of Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau. At the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine. To register, contact Susan Henkel: 207-548-2529 ext.202. Sept. 17, 9 a.m.

And We’ll Be Exhibiting at:

Belfast Harbor Fest, Aug. 20

Camden Windjammer Festival, Sept. 2-4

Common Ground Fair, Sept. 23-25


Today’s postcard pick shows both Ponce’s and Trefethen’s Landing on Long Island, just outside Portland Harbor. Roberta Gomez Ricker has a story called At the Base of Ponce’s Landing in our new book, Salt & Pines, available through your local bookseller or online at History Press. It is a fine story that describes not only some of the hardships island living presents, but some of the joys life on one of Maine’s islands can bring as well. Islanders are a special kind of people, and this story will help at least one tale live on when all else has been forgotten. You may have caught the piece on the book in this past Sunday’s Portland Press’ Audience section, but if not head on over and check it out here. Volume two is just about ready to go, with just some minor editing and image placements remaining, and I’m currently accepting submissions for volume three. If you’d like to learn more, email your questions to me at

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Rockport: Documentary film gives historic perspective on Farnsworth Museum to mark 60th birthday

ROCKLAND, Maine – A local documentary film about the Farnsworth Museum shown Saturday gave a personal picture of the museum’s founders and principals, and of its place in the city and the art world.
The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrated its 60th birthday Friday and Saturday with tours at the museum and a commendation and special documentary film Saturday at the Strand Theater.
The ceremony was part of a yearlong celebration of the museum, with 11 exhibitions starting in March to uncover the treasures in its permanent collection.

This schedule is from the Pejepscot Historical Society web pages. Click on the names to go to the actual site(s) to verify current schedule.

Pejepscot Historical Society
Chamberlain Days schedule of events

Thursday, Aug 21st

10:00 am Walking Tour of Chamberlain’s BrunswickStarts at Chamberlain StatuePresenter: Charlie PlummerAdmission: Free

12:00 pm Lecture:”Chamberlain at Petersburg: The Charge at Fort Hill.
“Venue: Pejepscot Historical Society
Presenter: Diane Monroe Smith
Admission: $3.00 at Door

2:00 pm Lecture: “Three Ladies and the Journey to Freedom.
“Venue: First Parrish Church
Presenter: Barbara Desmarais
Admission: $3.00 at Door

7:00 pm Lecture: “Voices From The Civil War: Joshua Chamberlain & Others.
“Venue: Pejepscot Historical Society
Presenter: Una Connors
Admission: $3.00 at Door

Friday, Aug. 22nd

10:00 am Walking Tour of Chamberlain’s BrunswickStarts at Chamberlain StatuePresenter:Admission: Free

12:00-5:00 pm Civil War Encampment on Brunswick’s Lower MallPresenter’s 20th Maine RegimentAdmission: Free

12:00-5:00 pm Civil War Encampment on Brunswick’s Upper MallPresenters: 15th Alabama RegimentAdmission: Free

2:00 pm Lecture: “Weaponry of the Civil War”
Venue: Pejepscot Historical Society
Presenter: Brian C. Collins
Admission: $3.00 at Door

6:30 pm Joint Talk & Book Signing, to introduce the new books, “One ContinuousFight” by Mike Nugent and “Under Chamberlain’s Flag” by Jeff Wood
Venue: Joshua L. Chamberlain House
Presenters: Authors Mike Nugent & Jeff Wood
Admission: Free

Saturday, Aug. 23rd
10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Civil War Encampment on Brunswick’s Lower MallPresenter’s 20th Maine RegimentAdmission: Free

10:00 am – 5:00 pm Civil War Encampment on Brunswick’s Upper MallPresenters: 15th Alabama RegimentAdmission: Free

10:00 am Lecture: Civil War Attire
Venue: Pejepscot Historical Society
Presenter: 20th Maine Regiment
Admission: $3.00 at Door

12:00 pm Civil War Camp Surgeon
Venue: Brunswick Mall
Presenter: Chris Nully
Admission: Free

2:00 pm Afternoon Tea with the ladies of the 20th Maine
Venue: Skolfield-Whittier House
Admission: 20 Tickets Available, $10.00 each at door

4:00 – 8:00 pm Barbeque/Lobster Bake at the Chamberlain House
Venue: Joshua L. Chamberlain House
During the dinner there will be a lecture at 6:30 pm on the Facets of Leadership byAngus King
Tickets: $50.00 single/$75.00 couple.
To order tickets contact the Pejepscot HistoricalSociety at (207) 729-6606 or email Brian Collins at

Sunday, Aug. 24th
9:00 am Finale, Procession & Memorial Service at Chamberlain’s GravesiteBegins at Brunswick’s Lower Mall

Today’s Almanac…

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