Friday, September 14, 2018

Readfield History Walk #49 ~ Whittier Cemetery and "W Corner"

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2018 10am-12noon
In this history we walk will walk "W Corner" and visit Whittier Cemetery on South Road (intersection South / Tallwood / Beaver Dam Roads). W Corner has been dubbed that by Readfield historian Dale Potter-Clark because in the earliest days of Readfield's history the Waugh, Whittier, White and Wyman families all lived there or in close proximity. The 1791 town meeting, when Readfield voted to separate from Winthrop was also held at one of the "W" farms. The Townsend Farm, Beaver Brook Tourist Home and Sir Charles Hotel (later known as Tallwood) were also in this neighborhood. Our guest host this time will be Bill Rourke, who resides on "W Corner" and has lived there for most of his life, as did his parents and grandparents. During his lifetime he has lived in Tallwood Farm, the Whittier homestead and Beaver Brook Farm. We will meet by 10am in the yard by Bill Rourke's barn off South Road. Contact crossings4u@gmail.com for directions if needed. No registration or fees, although donations to Readfield Museum in the Streets project fund c/o Readfield Historical Society are appreciated. Please mark your calendars for Oct. 5th, 2018 at 10am. You will not want to miss this one!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

READFIELD HISTORY WALK #48 ~ Readfield Depot Village of Days Long Ago

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2018 10:00am-12noon
Join us to learn some of what Readfield Depot village was like long ago. In those days the railroad depot was still present and trains, carrying passengers and cargo, stopped several times a day. There were stores, a post office, granary, taverns, blacksmiths, livery, sawmill, tenement house, school, church, several homes and more. Still later there was car dealership and garage in the center of the village. Vintage photos will be shown, stories shared - do feel welcome to come and share your own stories about Readfield Depot! A walking tour of the village will led by Dale Potter-Clark.
Meet at Readfield Historical Society, 759 Main St. by 10am.
No registration or fee. All ages are welcome. Donations gratefully received.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

READFIELD HISTORY WALK #47 ~ Union Meeting House, then on to Readfield Corner Cemetery

Friday, June 15th 10am-12noon
Meet at Gile Hall, 8 Old Kents Hill Road by 10am. PLEASE do not park directly in front of the building - leave those parking spots open for town hall patrons. There is also parking available in the grassy area on the opposite / south side of route 17, that is town property.


From Gile Hall we will walk up the sidewalk along Main St. to the Library pathway / trail and on to the Union Meeting House, Church Road where we will be given a guided tour by a UMH board member. While there we will take note of whose names are memorialized on the stained glass windows; then we will walk to Readfield Corner Cemetery to visit some of their gravesites and hear more about them.


No registration or fee necessary. All ages are welcome. If you are unable to walk the first leg, feel free to meet us at Union Meeting House, we should arrive there by about 10:30.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

READFIELD HISTORY WALK #46 ~ FACTORY SQUARE

Friday, May 18, 2018 10am-12:00 noon
Meet at Readfield Town Office, 8 Old Kents Hill Road by 10am. Important!! Do not park in front of the building but leave those parking spots open for Town Office patrons. There is also parking available in the grassy area on the opposite side of route 17 / Main St.
From  Readfield Town Office we will walk to the lower dam, on Factory Square. There we will view the old lower dam (there were four at one time) and learn about recent efforts of the Readfield Trails and Conservation Committees to revive the area into a park like evironment. Jerry Bley will be on hand to talk about the grant that has been recently received, making it possible to complete the project. We will also walk the new trail, recently groomed by the Readfield Trails Committee, to an area that overlooks where the mill pond once existed. Also at that location is a rare 80ft American Chestnut tree that has gained national attention. There will be more, as time and people's interest warrant. Join us for this interesting tour. No charge or registration. All are welcome.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

READFIELD HISTORY WALKS - SPRING 2018


Dates have been set for two spring walks.
Mark your calendars for:

#46     Friday, May 18th 10am-12noon

#47     Friday, June 15th 10am-12noon

Details will be coming soon!!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Senior Cafe Readfield History Presentations Slated for 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018 ~ 9:30-11:00am
"The Day Readfield Corner Burned"
by Dale Potter-Clark
Readfield Corner was once a bustling business center where groceries, shoes, clothing, millinery, hardware, carriages and even coffins and gravestones could be purchased. Readfield Telephone Company was also located at Readfield Corner as well as a hotel, tavern and livery. In this presentation you will learn more about this industrious village of long ago and about the day that it all changed forever.


Monday, April 23, 2018 ~ 9:30-11:00am
"Early Religion in Readfield"
by Dale Potter-Clark
Readfield was settled years ahead of the War of Independence and before the US Constitution assured religious freedom. In those days the Congregational Church and Puritan lifestyle still prevailed. It was not long, however, before Baptist, Methodist and other evangelists and missionaries came into this backcountry and converted many of our fair residents. Still later the Universalists appeared. Early Readfield became a hot bed of free thinkers, movers and shakers. Dale will share information about the coming of early religions in Readfield which was on the missionary circuit in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Methodists, Baptists, Universalists and even the Shakers impacted Readfield in its earliest days.

Senior Café meets every Monday morning at the Maranacook Middle School Cafeteria when school is in session. Attendees are welcome to come for coffee, muffins and social time from 9-9:30 before the program begins. Senior Café is a program for people 55 and older. It is sponsored by Maranacook Adult and Community Education. There is no fee required to participate. If school is cancelled due to weather presentations are rescheduled for a later date. FMI about Senior Café contact Nicole Cushing at 685-4923x1065; FMI about the presentations email Potter-Clark crossings4u@gmail.com


Readfield History Walks for Spring 2018

We have done the last History Walk for 2017, on Veterans' Day. To read more about that event, which was quite remarkable, follow this link to the Central Maine Newspaper story by Jason Pafundi, which appeared on the front page on Sunday, Nov. 12th. While there, also be sure to see the photos by newspaper photographer Joe Phelan.


Readfield History Walks for the spring of 2018 will be announced in the New Year so be sure to check back for updates. We are open to suggestions - send yours to crossings4u@gmail.com


In the meantime, we wish you Happy healthy Holidays season and all the best in the New Year!