Thursday, August 18, 2016

Readfield History Walks for FALL 2016 Will Begin Soon...

Plans are underway for three History Walks this fall

Friday, September 23rd 10am-12noon
Readfield History Walk #36
Readfield Historical Society, Readfield Trails Committee
and Readfield Corner Water Association
Learn about the history and visit Readfield Corner’s original drinking water source - “the spring in John O. Craig’s pasture”; from there walkers will venture to the Readfield Corner Water Association on Bill Bourret Drive and hear the history of that from Ed Dodge, president of the association and Bill Bourret, one of the founders. The Water Association is perhaps one of Readfield's "best kept secrets". From there we will cross Church Road onto the site of the old Kennebec County Agricultural Fair to see recent improvements and additions made by the Readfield Trails and Conservation Committees; and to hear about the days when the largest fair in Maine was held right there in Readfield! Park at Readfield Fairgrounds on Church Road by 10am. Bring a sandwich if you wish to share lunch at the home of Bill and Flo Drake immediately after the walk.
Saturday, October 15 (rain date Oct.22nd) 10am-12noon
Readfield History Walk #37  
Readfield Cemetery Committee, Readfield Historical Society,
Readfield Trails Committee and Union Meeting House  
A visit to the Readfield Union Meeting House and with some “Esteemed Residents” at Readfield Corner Cemetery  More details will be coming soon!
Friday, November 11th
Readfield History Walk #38
A special Veterans' Day event is in the making. Stay tuned!

Monday, August 15, 2016

"SUMMER RESORTS AND KIDS' CAMPS" ~ Book Talks and Signings slated for this fall

Authors Dale Potter-Clark and Charles L. Day are pleased to announce that after three years of exhaustive research, personal interviews with people all over the US, site visits, writing, editing and re-writing "The Founders and Evolution of SUMMER RESORTS AND KIDS' CAMPS on Four Lakes in Central Maine" has been released! This book is 350+ pages and includes 200+ vintage photos. Resorts and kids' camps were located at 39 locations on Lakes Torsey, Echo, Lovejoy, northern Maranacook and "Lake Myra" - several went by different names over the years. Few are still in operation and this book will tell you which ones are. Also included is the coming of the railroad, steamboats, the trolley and sketches about some of the people involved.
The schedule for book talks and signings is below. To buy a copy visit

Book talks and signings for
Summer Resorts and Kid’s Camps on Four Lakes in Central Maine: 
Sat. August 27st 9am-2pm                  
Vienna Historical Society, U.S. Route 41, Vienna village; sale & signing
Sat. September 3rd 10am-2pm                        
Maranacook Boat Landing, Winthrop Road, Readfield; sale & signing
Sat. September 24th 6-8pm                 
Vassalboro Public Library; place TBA; reading and signing
Wed. October 5th 6-8p                   
Readfield Community Library, Main St., Readfield; reading & signing
Mon. October 17th 12-1:30pm           
Cary Memorial Library, 67 Old Winthrop Road, Wayne; reading & signing
Wed. October 19th 6-8pm                  
Underwood Library, Fayette at Starling Grange Hall; book read and signing
Tues. November 8th 6:30-8pm                       
Bailey Public Library, 39 Bowdoin St., Winthrop; presentation, sale & signing
Sat. November 19th 9am-2pm            
Fayette Historical Society holiday fair; Fayette Central School; sale & signing

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Readfield History Walks to resume in the Fall 2016

The last Readfield History Walk for the spring of 2016 was done on Friday, May 13th. Stay tuned for times and locations of walks planned for this fall as well as for historical presentations at Maranacook Adult and Community Education by Dale Potter-Clark. Suggestions for Readfield History Walks are welcome and can be emailed to Dale at

Readfield Historical Society opening for season Memorial Weekend!!

Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, May 28 and 29, from 10AM to 2PM
Evelyn Adell Potter and Beverly Norton Newton will greet those who come by on the annual opening weekend. All are welcome to drop by on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, May 28 and 29, from 10AM to 2PM at the Readfield Historical Society building on Rte. 17 in the Depot.
The ever-popular Mystery Box drawing will take place on Sunday, for a box filled with an eclectic assortment of wonderful things. Sign up to participate when you visit on Sat. or Sun. You do not have to be present for the drawing.
As a special treat, there Ellen Bowman's musical group “Thundercastle Trio”  will be performing on Saturday about noon. This trio plays and sings old songs -- Stephen Foster, hymns and the like. They have been well-received at the Readfield Emporium and other venues.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Gourmet Dinner to Benefit the Readfield Mill Stream Dam Restoration Project ~ May 22, 2016

Please contact Ann Keilty at (685-4303) or Jeanne Harris at (377-2299) to reserve a spot for this benefit..

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Readfield History Walk #35 ~ Kents Hill village (part 2) ~ May 13, 2016

This will be a continuation of Kents Hill village part 1 (#34 done on 4/29/16). From the Torsey Church parking lot walkers will proceed west on Main Street to learn about the houses along the way and some of the early families who lived there, including an early Baptist missionary and a world famous artist. In addition to many historic homes in Kents Hill village there were at one time establishments such as Eaton School, Morse Music Conservatory and, of course, Russell’s Orchard. Artisans, a furniture maker, a silver smith, mercantiles and Moody’s Tavern all graced this part of Kents Hill village in days of yore.  We will also explore the Kents Hill Cemetery as time and interest allows. Bring a sandwich if you wish to share lunch with some of the Walkers after the walk is completed.
Meet by 10am at the Torsey Church parking lot on Kents Hill, Main Street. There is no charge for Readfield History Walks but donations are welcome to Readfield Historical Society, to help procure and install historical site markers in Readfield, a "Museum in the Streets". FMI contact Dale Potter Clark at

Saturday, April 30, 2016

History Walk of Readfield Town Forest / Poor Farm & Macdonald Woods ~ Sat. May 7th, 1 p.m.

Next Saturday, May 7th, there will be a guided tour of the Readfield Town Forest (former Readfield Poor Farm) and the Macdonald Woods. This walk will be co-led by Milt Wright, former Readfield Trails Committee Chairperson, and Tim Sniffin, Readfield Conservation Committee member. The event is sponsored by the Kennebec Land Trust, which owns and manages Macdonald Woods.
Meet by 1p.m. at the designated parking area on Kents Hill Road in North Wayne (directions below). Walkers will proceed through woodland paths and discontinued roads, about 3 miles in length. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water. A walking stick and insect repellent (ticks) is recommended. There are no longer any buildings on these properties but foundations of two old homesteads remain and will be viewed as well as the site of Readfield's District #6 school house. Remnants of an old, earthen dam and lumber cutting operation also remain on these properties. The ancient Huntoon Cemetery is on the route, where some town pauper graves are said to be buried, their graves marked with fieldstones. There were many more Readfield and North Wayne residents buried in this cemetery than is evident today, but most of the ancient slate gravestones have disappeared over time.
Readfield History Walks have covered this area twice in the past, #1 and #8 , so if you missed those here is your chance to take in a guided tour!
There is no charge for this walk.

DIRECTIONS below or follow this link
From Kents Hill, route 17 to P Ridge Road; right onto Lane Road; at T intersection left onto North Wayne Road; at T intersection left onto Kents Hill Road. After about 1/2 mile you come to a large white Colonial home on the right, and the end of that part of this road that is accessible by auto. Park across the street from said house.
From North Wayne: From the dam on the south end of Lovejoy Pond in North Wayne village drive straight / east up the hill and keep going until you come to said house.

Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) works cooperatively with landowners and communities to conserve the forests, shore lands, fields, and wildlife that define central Maine. For more info about KLT and their various land holdings visit