Sunday, June 9, 2019

History Walk #53 ~ "Readfield Corner Before 1827" ~ Sat. Aug. 10, 2019

Saturday, August 10, 2019 10am-12noon for Readfield Heritage Days
Bill Adams speaking to a group in 2015, on a History Walk of Readfield Corner.
Dale Potter Clark and Bill Adams will co-lead this History Walk to include the historic Readfield Union Meeting house, lower Church Road to Main Street, and west from the intersection at Readfield Corner to Old Kents Hill Road. Walkers will learn about some of the old homes, businesses, families and other points of historical interest along the way. We will wrap up at the Old Fairgrounds on Church Road by noon so those who wish to can purchase lunch from one of the vendors who will be set up there.
Live music will be performed at the Readfield Beach on Lake Maranacook starting at 1pm. Those who wish to can walk on to the beach along part of the Old Fairgrounds trail.
FMI about this and other Readfield History Walks contact Dale at

History Walk #54 ~ Readfield Town Farm and Forest ~ Friday, Sept, 13, 2019

This History Walk is co-sponsored by the
Kennebec Land Trust
Mark your calendars for Sept. 13th 10am-12noon
A group of twelve showed up for the VERY first History Walk in October, 2012.
That walk was held at the Readfield Town Farm and Forest and we
have done three at that location since then because there has been so much interest.
On Friday, September 13th we will do another by popular demand.
Pictured L to R: Brenda Deojay, Annette Donaghy, Natalie Giles, David Libby, Barbara Gilman, Eileen Lord, Bonnie Gilman, Evelyn Potter, Milt Wright and his guest and Dale Potter-Clark. Photographer was Harvey Boatman.

Since we did the very first history walk at the Readfield Town Farm and Forest in October 2012 three more have been done at that same location because there has been so much interest. We will start at the North Wayne entrance at 10am and plan to wrap up by noon. In addition to Readfield Town Farm and Forest we will stop at the Huntoon Cemetery - years ago referred to as the "Poor Farm Cemetery". Howard Lake from the Kennebec Land Trust will join us to "show and tell" about the adjoining Mcdonald Woods that includes an ancient mill site, ways you can "read the woods" that have evolved from farmland to forest, and more. Members of the Readfield Conservation Commission will join us to share plans for the next timber harvest and other aspects of their management plans of the Town Forest. Dale Potter-Clark will share what she has learned about the Poor Farm in writing her latest book about Readfield's poor farms and paupers of long ago including some of the photos she unearthed in the process; and Bill Adams will have morsels to share about other farms in the area that he has been researching. No doubt there will also be some bird call identifications along the way as we will have a couple of avid "birders" with us. All in all you will learn a lot on this history walk so be sure so mark your calendars!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Readfield History Walk #55 ~ Esker Trail along Quimby Bog ~ Oct. 11, 2019

This walk has been rescheduled from May 10th, when we were rained out. The makeup date of Oct. 11th has been chosen so we can enjoy the beautiful fall foliage in Quimby Bog at its peek!This is the newest trail developed in Readfield, among several that have been added over the past several years. Quimby Bog, once named "Dudley Bog", extends from Readfield Depot Village to Rat Mill Hill Road in East Mt. Vernon (near Dunn's Corner). It was named after Dr. Samuel Quimby of Mt. Vernon who once owned a mill on the stream at the north end of the bog, Essentially, North Road in Readfield runs parallel to the bog although never within sight of it. Near the southern end there used to be a gravel pit not so long ago (makes sense, since an esker is made of gravel). Also, about 1930 the Readfield dump was established near the SW side of the bog, over an aquifer. In later years the Readfield Transfer Station took its place.
Co-leaders of this walk will be Dale Potter Clark, Readfield historian and author, and Andy Tolman, a retired hydrogeologist who has worked for the Maine CDC Drinking Water Program and previously by the Maine Geological Survey, conducting aquifer mapping throughout the State of Maine. Both are also members of the RHS board of directors. 
Walkers should meet by 10am at 73 North Road, in the parking lot at the RSU #38 School Bus Transportation Service, which is adjacent to the road leading into the Readfield Transfer Station. The trailhead is located there. All ages are welcome. FMI contact No fee or registration necessary. Donations to RHS are welcome.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Readfield History Walk # 51 ~ Walker (Hawes) Road ~ Fri. April 26, 2019

Readfield's first poor farm (of three) was established on Walker Road in 1859. Four family farms had been built in this neighborhood years before that. Included among them was this poor farm built by Stephen Bean in 1823 and sold to the town of Readfield in 1859.
This area was originally settled by Joshua & Elizabeth (Longfellow) Johnson (circa 1790), who sold their homestead to their daughter and husband Elias & Nancy (Johnson) Gove in 1800. One of their nine children was Elias Gove Jr, "Immanuel Prince of Peace".
The second family to settle on Walker Road was Thaddeus & Mary (Sanborn) Richardson in 1802. In 1815 they sold 45 of their 100 acres to their son Asa & wife Sarah (Cottle). They built a farm adjacent to his parents and raised 13 children there - one was Mary Jane Richardson.
None of those original farm buildings remain in this neighborhood. When road names were changed or made permanent, during the development of the E911 system, this road was renamed Walker Road. Previously it had been known as the Hawes and the Lewis Road.
This walk will last from 10a.m. - 12:00noon. We will walk and talk along the road and not on rough ground, although part of the road is on a slight upgrade.
DIRECTIONS: From Main St. Readfield Corner (blinking traffic light) take Church Road north to Fogg Road. Walker Road is off Fogg Road. There will be someone there to show you where to park a short ways up Walker Road. More historic background, photos and old maps will be available for viewing, as well as some history of the poor farm, on the day of the walk. Hope to see you then. No fee or registration necessary. Donations to Readfield Historical Society are welcome. FMI

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Readfield History Walks in 2019

East Readfield Cemetery was the gathering place when we
walked East Readfield village several years ago.
We are starting to plan history walks for 2019 - dates have not yet been set. These walks are presently under consideration:
  1. 1. Readfield Town Forest, where the third and last town poor farm was located;
  2. 2. "Hawes Road" (now Walker Rd) where the first town poor farm was located;
  3. 3. The Esker Trail along Quimby Bog - more history occurred in this part of town than you might think!
  4. 4. East Readfield "Dudley Plains" and Cemetery
Do you have ideas or requests for 2019 walks? We will consider re-visiting places that have already been covered since we began these walks in Oct. 2012. See the list / summaries of those elsewhere on this web site. To make suggestions or comments email Hope to see you in 2019!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Readfield History Walk #50 ~ Veterans' Day March and Ceremony

This event will happen rain or shine. The current weather report says clear 9am to 12 noon tomorrow. Even if we get a little rain that is nothing compared to what our Veterans had to endure. Besides, we will have some delicious hot soup and coffee waiting for us at the Church on Kents Hill afterwards. SO COME OUT and join us!!

The 3rd Maine Infantry (Civil War re-enactors) marching from Readfield Corner
Cemetery during the  2017 event. More than 100 people followed by
foot and vehicles and will be invited to do the same again this year.
An event honoring all
Veterans will be held in Readfield on Saturday Nov. 10th in which the Third Maine Infantry (Civil War re-enactors) will participate. Members of Readfield’s Historical Society, Selectboard and United Methodist Church have planned the event.

 Participants should gather at the Readfield Corner Cemetery, Church Road by 10am, for a special remembrance of some Civil War soldiers whose memorials and graves are there. From the cemetery the Third Maine will lead the way to Asa Gile Hall, 8 Old Kents Hill Road, for a closing ceremony at 11am, in honor of all Veterans. All are invited to march along or those who are not able to walk that far can follow in their vehicles. Cub Scouts Pack # 622 and Girl Scouts Troop # 1701 will also participate in the march and subsequent ceremony. The Third Maine will give two musket volleys along the way, at the cemetery and outside Gile Hall. 

Following the ceremony a free soup, bread and dessert luncheon will be served in Fellowship Hall at the Readfield United Methodist Church on route 17, Kents Hill. Capt. Matthew Bray and First Sergeant Robert Pierce of the Third Maine will give a presentation about the Regiment during that time as well.

All are welcome to join in for this special remembrance and honoring of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Services. To begin, at Readfield Corner Cemetery, parking is available at the Old Fairgrounds parking lot or in the north end of the cemetery. Please invite and / or bring Veterans you know. FMI email 

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 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!