Colonial Pemaquid Lecture Night Dinner Special at the Contented Sole Restaurant - click here for details!



(Programs Are Subject to Change)

Date Event  Cost
Saturday, May 26
Memorial Day Weekend Concert--Maine St. Andrew's Pipes & Drums.
Enjoy traditional tunes of the British Isles performed on the parade grounds of Ft. William Henry by a band from Ellsworth, ME. wearing the official Maine State Tartan. Also included is commentary and a tribute to those who have served our nation. Always a favorite!
Saturday June 30
(Rain Date is Sunday, July 1)
242nd Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence
Public reading and commentary by living history interpreters and a portrayal of historic figures who supported or opposed the Amercan Revolution.
Monday July 16
Remedies of Martha Ballard.
18th Century Herbalist and Midwife Stephanie Thibodeau, a historical interpreter at Old Fort Western. will provide a hands-on presentation of Martha’s several medicinal cures, as well as an understanding of how she used plants and herbs. An account of Martha’s life and times was the subject of a Pulitzer Prize –winning biography by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.
$5 donation or free to members
Saturday July 21
1:00pm and 3:00pm
(Rain Date is Sunday, July 22)
Pirates at Pemaquid – Dixie Bull Strikes Again!
Living history presenter and local author James Nelson re-creates the infamous and irascible Dixie Bull who attacked Pemaquid in 1632.
Monday, July 23
Not Just a Man’s World: Women Pirates of the 18th Century
It’s been 300 years since the end of the Golden Age of Piracy, and in that time more silly legends than facts have sprung up regarding that period. Writer and historian James L. Nelson, author of the novel The Only Life that Mattered about the women pirates, will talk about the true history behind their amazing story.
$5 donation or free to members
Monday, July 30
Defenses Along the Kennebec: Four Forts One Story
Linda Novak, who specializes in historic archeology as well as 17th and 18th century life and is the Director and Curator of Fort Western, will explain the settlement of the central Kennebec River Valley on land previously owned by the Clark and Lake Proprietors and the Plymouth Proprietors.
$5 donation or free to members
Monday, August 6
Hidden in Plain Sight: Maine’s Enigmatic Stone Work.
Sue Carlson is a long-time member of the New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA), and has studied the controversies, the evidence and the written record of the enigmatic stone structures found throughout the eastern seaboard, particularly those scattered all through the Maine woods, where one finds stone piles, rambling walls, huge boulders, and a few baffling stone built chambers.
$5 donation or free to members
Monday, August 13
Founding Fish: Maine's 17th Century Cod Industry
Mike Dekker and Paul Daiute will tell the story of the 17th century cod fishing industry practiced from the shores of the mid-coast. Dressed in period attire and using period equipment, Mike and Paul will discuss the process of catching, processing and preserving fish for the overseas market during the 1600’s.
$5 donation or free to members
Monday, August 20
Kennebec Caper: Bath’s 1775 Mast Landing Affair
Bud Warren, well-known guide and lecturer about the heritage of the region, will tell the story of the important mast trade and how it fueled coastal residents’ resentment of England at the time of Lexington and Concord. The journal of a Loyalist who participated in that affair sheds new light on what really happened.
$5 donation or free to members
Sunday, September 2
1:00 and 3:00PM.
Rain date is Mon. Sept.3.
Castlebay in Concert: A Labor Day Weekend Tradition
Enjoy an outdoor performance of Celtic, nautical and early American music featuring the popular local duo of Fred Gosbee and Julia Lane on the grounds of Ft. William Henry.

Please note: All lectures will take place at the Contented Sole Restaurant adjacent to the museum at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site. The management of the Sole will again offer their 15% dining discount on Monday lecture nights.

In 2018, Colonial Pemaquid will once again host a series of living history events and a Monday Night Lecture Series to showcase various aspects of life in Maine during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Sponsored by the Friends of Colonial Pemaquid, these events draw talent from historians, authors, and archaeologists to help build an accurate picture of Pemaquid's past. Living history events take place outdoors on the weekends, and while there is no charge, donations are gratefully accepted. History lectures take place on Monday evenings at the Contented Sole Restaurant adjacent to the museum at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, and a modest fee is charged for non-members.

Colonial Pemaquid is open daily 9 AM- 5 PM, Memorial Day through Labor Day. A permanent exhibit, "Guns, Politics and Furs," is installed in the partially reconstructed Fort William Henry on site. For more information or directions, call the park manager at 207-677-2423.



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