News Feature

Brooksville
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, August 1, 2013
Touring Through Time
A peek into Brooksville’s past

Sally Blodgett with Edson Blodgett at the Brooksville Historical Society

“Old stuff pulled together for a new exhibit,” said Sally Blodgett, left, with Edson Blodgett, of the domestic tools—and icebox they are displayed upon—at the Brooksville Historical Society on July 27 and 28 for Touring Through Time. Behind, hang tools for cutting and hauling ice from Walker Pond.

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by Anne Berleant

Objects and artifacts from a town steeped in history were on display July 27 and 28 by the Brooksville Historical Society. The event was Touring Through Time, an annual weekend when area societies open their doors in concert.

The exhibits were housed in the barn of a farmhouse under restoration and, a little further up Coastal Road, the society’s main building, a converted boathouse and its annex.

“In our museum we had so much farm stuff, we couldn’t properly store it,” said Denis Blodgett, a past president of the society, who, with member Connie Henkel, welcomed visitors to the farmhouse barn, where objects used on the farm and in the farmhouse were meticulously labeled and displayed.

“I’ve probably used every article [type displayed] here at some time or another,” said Blodgett. “I’m probably the last fella in Brooksville that went dating on a horse wagon.”

The society has just published the book, Some Letters of the Wasson & Tapley Families 1860-1870.

“These are my ancestors,” said Edson Blodgett, up the road at the converted boathouse museum, with wife Sally Blodgett. They explained the various domestic tools displayed, including implements used to harvest ice from Walker Pond, some of which ended up in Argentina and Europe.

“Ice was hauled a quarter mile from the pond up over what we call the Herrick Road, down to the Eggemoggin Reach where ships could come in and load up,” he said. “Then something called ‘electricity’ happened.”

The first chainsaw in the Town of Brooksville

“The first chainsaw in the Town of Brooksville,” said Denis Blodgett, who welcomed visitors to the Brooksville Historical Society farmhouse.

Photo by Anne Berleant
A cream separator at the Brooksville Historical Society

A cream separator on display at the Brooksville Historical Society farmhouse on July 27 and 28 for its Touring Through Time displays.

Photo by Anne Berleant
Sally Blodgett with Edson Blodgett at the Brooksville Historical Society

“Old stuff pulled together for a new exhibit,” said Sally Blodgett, left, with Edson Blodgett, of the domestic tools—and icebox they are displayed upon—at the Brooksville Historical Society on July 27 and 28 for Touring Through Time. Behind, hang tools for cutting and hauling ice from Walker Pond.

Photo by Anne Berleant