The Friends of Colonial Pemaquid

2018 marked twenty-five years since the founding of the Friends of Colonial Pemaquid as a local, all volunteer 501 (c) 3 organization independent of any outside entity or state support.

Since 1993, we have helped tell Colonial Pemaquid’s remarkable story, sponsored an extensive calendar of special events and programs, raised funds to assist with archeological digs, created, trained and supervised a corps of student interns, and obtained grants and other funding for on-site projects, including nearly $250,000 for the renovation of the Fort House, all at no cost to the taxpayer.

As the Friends enter their next quarter century, we’d like to thank our members as well as the general public for their ongoing interest and involvement. As we continue our record of education, stewardship and preservation, we look forward to your support in the future.

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The winter aspect of the Fort House - the only original 18th century historic structure at Colonial Pemaquid - signifies the approach of the holidays. 


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The winter aspect of the Fort House - the only original 18th century historic structure at Colonial Pemaquid - signifies the approach of the holidays. 

View from the top of Fort William Henry's Great Flanker toward John's Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Photo by Don Loprieno

In these stressful and difficult times. the Friends of Colonial Pemaquid hope that all of us stay safe and healthy, remain close to each other even as we keep our distance, and in general strive to protect each other as we protect ourselves.

Radically different as life has become in recent weeks, it may help to look back to the past to get a better sense of the present.  We are, after all, dealing with a variation of what some have called the ‘lifeboat’ syndrome, but in many ways we are far better off and considerably less isolated than our predecessors.

Settlers along the 17th century Maine coast were generally situated in a series of villages and very small communities with sporadic communication between them – no phone to pick up, no media, social or otherwise, regular mail service a thing of the future. Any news did arrive was probably no longer current or perhaps even accurate.  Though knowledge of the germ theory was many years away, it was widely known that proximity was a factor in becoming sick, though a scientific basis was not yet in place.  Medicine, with few exceptions, had little to offer.  There were no vaccines or inoculations, and in an age when people seldom traveled, little if any immunity developed from contact with different peoples and cultures, an example of which was the devastating effect of European diseases on Native American villages in the early 1600’s.

2020 is what we’re hoping our optometrist will say about our vision, but it could also be the year when our historic perspective could well be improved by focusing on the benefits we have rather than ones we have temporarily lost. Life has suddenly become very restricted and we all feel beset by hazards and challenges that have occurred in a very short period of time. Even so, we are more fortunate than perhaps we know.




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Friends of Colonial Pemaquid is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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