Monday, June 15, 2015

History Walk #28 at Readfield Corner ~ SATURDAY, August 8, 2015

A special Readfield History Walk will be held on SATURDAY morning August 8th from 10am to 12noon during Readfield Heritage Days. Walk leaders will be Dale Potter-Clark, Readfield History Walks Coordinator; Milt Wright, Readfield Trails Committee; and William Adams, Readfield Corner Historian. Adams and Potter-Clark are researching for a future publication about all the old houses in Readfield and the people who lived in them. Thus far they have researched more than one-hundred fifty buildings throughout town.
Included on this History Walk will be the new pathway that leads from the Community Library to Union Meeting House, and parts of the Old Fairgrounds Trail. Also, lower Church Road and Main Street from Gile Hall to the Old Fairgrounds trailhead on route 17. Walkers will make some brief stops to learn about some of the oldest and more intriguing homes. Bill Adams will be stationed at Readfield Corner center, where a major fire occurred in 1921, and where many businesses have come and gone since the late 1700s. The Judge Emery O. Beane house circa1850 will be open for tours along the way.
Meet at Gile Hall, 8 Old Kents Hill Road by 10am. There is no fee for the walk although some of Potter-Clark and Adam’s research will be available in a specially produced booklet for a minimum donation of $20. The 40+ page booklet includes three (of the nine) maps Adams has created that portray the evolution of Readfield Corner since pre-1799. Also included are dozens of pictures and information about the old homes and buildings at Readfield Corner; excerpts from Ernest “Tink” Rolfe’s oral history done by Potter-Clark in 1987 – including his memories of Readfield Fire Department and another big fire that occurred at Readfield Corner in 1934; and information about the Old Fairgrounds and development at the north end of Lake Maranacook. Booklet profits will benefit a project to purchase and install historical site markers throughout Readfield.*** If you are unable to attend and wish to purchase a booklet you can do so online and have it mailed to you or email to make arrangements.
*** After expenses the income from this booklet will be applied to the "Readfield Historical Site Markers" fund. Your tax-deductible donation towards the Readfield Historical Site Markers fund are welcome at any time. Checks should be made out to Readfield Historical Society with a notation it is designated for the historical site markers. Mail to: Readfield Historical Society PO Box 354 Readfield, ME 04355 attn: Mary Jernigan, Treasurer

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Readfield Heritage Days ~ August 7-8, 2015

Activities for those with historical interest are listed below. For info about all the activities scheduled for that weekend follow this link.

Friday, August 7th 5-7pm: Readfield Historical Society annual Wine & Cheese
At the Readfield Historical Society and Museum, Main Street, Readfield Depot
Wine & cheese ~ sausages ~ finger foods ~ non-alcoholic beverages ~ sweets  
Free to members. New members welcome at the door for a $10 annual dues fee 
Saturday, August 8th 10am-12noon: Readfield History Walk #28 of Readfield Corner
Meet at Gile Hall on Old Kents Hill Road by 10am. Included on this History Walk will be the new trail that leads from the Community Library to Union Meeting House, and part of the Old Fairgrounds Trail, Church Road and Main Street. Brief stops will be made along the way to learn about some of the oldest homes, and at Readfield Corner center where a major fire occurred in 1921 and many businesses have come and gone since the late 1700s. The historic Judge Emery O. Bean house circa1850 will also be included on the tour. There is no fee but participants are encouraged to get the 40 page booklet specially prepared for this history walk for a minimum $20 donation. Proceeds to benefit the Readfield Historical Markers fund. Booklets can also be purchased online.
Saturday, August 8th 8am-2pm: 6th annual Antique Car Show
Maranacook Community School hosted by Strictly Street Car Club 
Held annually to benefit the Ricky Gibson Football Scholarship fund. FMI contact
Saturday, August 8th 10am-2pm: Readfield Historical Society open to visitors
Summer hours are every Thursday and Saturday 10am-2:00pm and by appointment. Contact Flo Drake at (207) 685-4662 or email her at the address below to make special arrangements.
Saturday, August 8th 8am-2pm: Union Meeting House open for tours and a yard sale
Located on Church Road, this building is on the National Register of Historic Buildings and boasts beautiful trompe l'oeil art, windows with unique stenciled and stained glass as well as many original features.
Saturday, August 8th: Jesse Lee Methodist Meeting House
Open house from 1:00-2:00pm 
Located on Main St. East Readfield (corner of Plains Road and route 17)
Dedicated in 1795 Jesse Lee Meeting House in East Readfield is New England's oldest Methodist church to be in continuous use.   
Free watermelon on the lawn;
archival documents & memorabilia on display;
items for sale. 
Christina Misner Rao at the piano 
"Rev. Jesse Lee" to help answer questions.
Dale Potter-Clark, Readfield Historical Consultant to answer questions about East Readfield village, "the Vanished Village" 
Readfield Heritage Days: Karen Dube, Chairperson ~
Readfield History Walks: Dale Potter-Clark, Coordinator ~
Readfield Historical Society: Flo Drake, President ~
Union Meeting House: John Perry, Board of Directors ~
Jesse Lee Meeting House, Readfield United Methodist Church: 

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Evolution of Summer Resorts and Kids’ Camps in Readfield ~ June 17, 2015

By Dale Potter-Clark and Charlie Day
The railroad passed through Readfield in 1849 and summer visitors soon started to flock here, via the trains, to enjoy the peace and solitude of our lakes and woods.  Attendees will learn about the locations and evolvement of some summer resorts and kids’ camps in Readfield and the immediate area on Maranacook, Echo, Lovejoy and Torsey Lakes. Participants are encouraged to bring pictures and share memories. The class will be held at Maranacook Community School on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm. Registration fee is $15.  To register contact Maranacook Adult and Community Education Phone: 207-685-4923 x 1065 or Register online using a debit or credit card. For details and to view all classes go to