Originally published in The Weekly Packet, August 1, 2013
Sedgwick offered much to see and do during “tour” weekend
Spanning centuries, Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society President Anne Dentino uses a digital camera to take a picture of Brooklin residents Hannah Dyer, Catherine Hutchinson and Carol Damon in period costumes posing in front of a 19th century horse-drawn hearse.
by Bette Britt
History buffs stranded in the Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society area had nothing to complain about during the July 26-28 weekend, as appealing events were planned at three locations, plus a quilt show held at the historic town house courtesy of the Sargentville Thursday Club for good measure. The events were part of the area’s Touring Through Time event.
Despite bad weather on Friday, 40 or more attended what was described as “a talk” about the stained glass windows of the former First Baptist Church of Sedgwick which is now part of the local historical society. “Windows to the Soul” was narrated by the Rev. Doug Drown, pastor of the North Sedgwick Baptist Church, who is also a musician and sings with the Bagaduce Chorale. While the beauty of the windows might speak for itself, Drown provided hymns to go with each one.
In Saturday’s sunshine, “tourists” visited the home of the Rev. Daniel Merrill, the town’s first settled minister, to check out artifacts donated to the museum; the building, built in 1795, serves as the historical society’s headquarters. It is part of the Historic District, and visitors took side steps to the one-room schoolhouse, hearse house, new barn and, across Route 172 to the 1794 Town House.
The Sargentville Library held an open house on Saturday and, if lucky enough to find a guide, those touring would have learned it was built in 1904-05 from money raised by “summer friends” when the there was “tacit agreement that such building should be erected within a reasonable length of time,” according to a letter received by a secretary of the library association. Formed in 1874, the association had already purchased a lot for a library, so the promise of $80 “from several of our summer friends for a Library Building” was a powerful incentive in 1904. Diana Marston Wood is President of the Sargentville Library Association and reported in the winter 2012-13 newsletter that “Our 107-year-old library is ‘sporting’ a new roof.”