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 27
(No Rain Date)
Opening Weekend Concert - Maine St. Andrew's Pipes & Drums
Enjoy traditional tunes of the British Isles performed on the parade grounds of Fort William Henry by a kilted band from Ellsworth, ME. Also included is a commemorative commentary and a salute to those who’ve served our nation. Always a favorite!
Saturday, July 1
(Rain Date is Sunday, July 2)
241st Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence
Public reading and commentary by living history interpreters.
Monday, July 10
Photos of the Beginning of Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Park
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr, Maine State Historian since 2004, will share a fascinating collection of photographs and amazing commentary on the early days of the Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site.
$5 donation or free to members
Saturday, July 15
1:00pm and 3:00pm
Pirates at Pemaquid!
Living history presenter and local author James Nelson re-creates the infamous and irascible Dixie Bull who attacked Pemaquid in 1632.
Monday, July 17
The Rise and Fall of Fort William Henry – FOCP Lecture Series Chairman, Don Ashton, will tell the incredible story of the building of Fort William Henry under the direction of Governor Sir William Phips. The construction project was completed in 1692 and consumed about one third of the annual budget for the Province of Massachusetts Bay. In less than three years it was reduced to rubble. $5 donation or free to members
Monday, July 24
Early Maine Drinking Habits and Anecdotes
Author Kate McCarty, drawing from her research on her book, “Distilled in Maine: A History of Libations, Temperance & Draft Spirits” will explore the history and culture of early Maine libation. Join Kate on a spirited romp through the early evolution of Maine’s relationship with alcohol.
$5 donation or free to members
Monday, July 31
New England’s Knight, Sir William Phips 1651-1695, and his Connections to Pemaquid
Emerson “Tad” Baker, co-author of “The New England Knight: Sir William Phips, 1651-1695” returns by popular demand to lecture on the colorful and complex career of the first royal governor of Massachusetts. William Phips is remembered, among other things, for putting an end to the Salem witchcraft trials and negotiating a treaty with the Wabanaki. Phips was also deeply involved with the construction of Fort William Henry.
$5 donation or free to members
Monday, August 7
The Archaeology of the 17th Century Walter Phillips Homestead Site Along the Banks of the Upper Damariscotta
Historical archaeologist Tim Dinsmore will lecture and update us on his many years of excavation at the Walter Phillips Homesite in Newcastle, one of the earliest Anglo-American settlements in the region. Phillips, a prominent citizen who owned massive tracts of land, escaped to Salem Village in 1676 in the early days of the French and Indian wars on the Maine frontier.
$5 donation or free to members
Monday, August 14
Madockawando to Knox: Corruption, Insider Trading and the Sale of Mid-Coast Maine
Author and amateur historian, Mike Dekker will seek to shed light on the complicated negotiations for peace and property in the early days of Maine.
$5 donation or free to members
Monday, August 21
A Man Astride Two Worlds: The Odd Adventures of John Gyles, Interpreter and Culture Broker, 1698 - 1749
Join historical archaeologist Dr. Neill DePaoli as he discloses the story of this well known Pemaquid figure, a former Indian captive turned interpreter, who regularly and comfortably moved between two or more worlds.
$5 donation or free to members
Sunday, September 3
1:00pm and 3:00pm
(No Rain Date)
Castlebay in Concert: Traditional Labor Day Weekend Concert
Enjoy an outdoor performance of Celtic, nautical life and early American music featuring Castlebay, the popular local duo of Fred Gosbee and Julia Lane, returning for their 11th consecutive appearance at Colonial Pemaquid.

In 2017, Colonial Pemaquid will once again host a series of living history events, lectures and an archaeology workshop to showcase various aspects of life in Midcoast Maine during the 17th and 18th centuries and, more specifically, "Life as it Was". Sponsored by the Friends of Colonial Pemaquid, these events draw talent from historians, authors, and archaeologists to help build an accurate picture of the spot on the map known as Pemaquid. Most 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 at the 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. Park personnel and interpreters are available to answer questions and to direct visitors to the site's historic structures, archaeological remains, museum, and burial ground. A permanent exhibit, "Guns, Politics and Furs," is installed in the partially reconstructed Fort William Henry on site. Reservations for school or group tours can be made by calling 207-677-2423.

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Offer is limited to one event per group per season.


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