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


Schedule of Events for 2016

(Events Subject to Change)

Date Event  Cost
Saturday, May 28
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, June 18
1:00 and 3:00 PM.
)Rain date is Sunday June 19)
Pirates at Pemaquid!
Living history presenter and local author James Nelson re-creates the infamous and irascible Dixie Bull who attacked and sacked Pemaquid in 1632.
Saturday, July 2
(Rain Date is Sunday, July 3)
240th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence
Public reading and commentary by living history interpreters.
Monday, July 11
7:30 PM
The Salem Witch Trials and their Connections to Pemaquid and the Maine Frontier
Emerson "Tad" Baker, drawing from his recently published book, A Storm of Witchcraft and the American Experience, will explore the many connections between the Salem witch trials and the Maine frontier.
$5 donation or free to members
Monday, July 18
An Economy of Spirits: 18th Century Taverns of Lincoln County Historian Jay Robbins will cover the role of alcohol in our local communities and economies from approximately 1740 until 1800 in an interesting and illustrated talk. $5 donation or free to members
Monday, July 25
The 1699 Treaty of Mere Point (the end of King William's War in Maine) and the Amazing People Present at the Signing
Amateur historian and genealogist Don Ashton, brings this seldom told story of the treaty and corresponding prisoner exchange to life by describing some of the astonishing experiences of the people involved, including one of his own ancestors.
$5 donation or free to members
Monday, August 1
The Archaeology of Colonial Shipwrights in Midcoast Maine
An update on the 18th Century Barstow & Bryant Shipbuilding Complex along the Damariscotta River - Historical archaeologist Tim Dinsmore will lecture and update us on his more than 35 years of excavation at three local sites, all aimed at determining what everyday life was like for colonial shipwrights and their families in the 18th century.
$5 donation or free to members
Monday, August 8
Early Settlers and Old Roads of Midcoast Maine
Informative lecture by Camden resident Kerry Hardy who will take a look at the development of roads in the Midcoast area, beginning with the waterways and Native American trails and moving on to the development of bridal paths, early roads, stage routes and other means of moving people and products.
$5 donation or free to members
Monday, August 15
The French and Indian Wars in Maine
The dark, tragic and largely forgotten struggle of more than eight decades laid the foundation of Maine. Author and amateur historian, Mike Dekker will seek to shed light on the epic power struggle that raged across the Maine frontier between 1675 and 1759.
$5 donation or free to members
Monday, August 22
"A New Look at Old Pemaquid: What was the "Spanish Fort"?
Join historical archaeologist Dr. Neil DePaoli as he discloses his archaeological research on the ruins of a mysterious "Spanish Fort" along the lower reaches of the Pemaquid River.
$5 donation or free to members
Sunday, September 4
1:00pm and 3:00pm
Castlebay in Concert
Enjoy an outdoor performance of Celtic music featuring Castlebay, the popular local duo of Fred Gosbee and Julia Lane, returning for their 10th consecutive appearance at Colonial Pemaquid.

In 2016, 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.

Please show a print out of this web page to admit you and your family or guests to one of our lectures without charge.

Offer is limited to one event per group per season.


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