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Originally published in Compass, July 24, 2014
Time travel
Area historical societies host annual event

Touring Through Time with local historical societies

Maine historical societies from Castine and Penobscot through the Blue Hill Peninsula to Deer Isle and Stonington open their doors for 'Touring Through Time' on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, 2014. Above, historical apparel is modeled at the Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society in 2013.

Photo by Bette Britt Order prints of selected PBP photos.

by Faith DeAmbrose

The historical society museums of East Penobscot Bay and the Blue Hill Peninsula area will open their doors to the public for Touring Through Time Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27.

Many of the societies will host special events during this weekend, and visitors may view memorabilia of bygone years and learn about local heritage and family histories.

Hours for the Touring Through Time weekend follow.

Blue Hill Historical Society at the 1815 Holt House, 3 Water Street. The society will feature “Tasting Through Time,” with recipes and samples of foods our ancestors would have enjoyed. In addition, there will be a photo exhibit in the Carriage House. The historical society is open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., closed Sunday. 266-7768,

Brooklin Keeping Society, behind the town office, 25 Bay Road. The exhibit room will highlight Brooklin’s Boat Building Heritage: “From Pea Pods to Schooners and Yachts,” featuring past and present boat builders and steamboats serving the Brooklin area. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Light refreshments. 359-8331,

Brooksville Historical Society, 150 Coastal Road (Route 176). Exhibits include: Yawl boat mold, WWI memorabilia, Wassan/Tapley publication, play Maja Trivia, genealogies, cookbooks and kitchenware. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. 326-8257,

Castine Historical Society, 17 School Street. The summer exhibit is “Mr. Madison’s War”—Castine and the War of 1812, focusing on the eight-month British occupation of Castine in 1814-15.” On Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., 326-4118,

Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society, 416 Sunset Road, Deer Isle. The summer exhibit is Islanders Military Exhibit and Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge 75th anniversary. There will be live demonstrations both days, including smithing, quilting, tatting, spinning, braiding, hooking knitting, cobbler, printing press and knitting pockets and heads for lobster traps. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. 348-6400,

Penobscot Historical Society, Route 199. Tour the historical society grounds, including the house, barn, schoolhouse and general store. On Saturday at 5 p.m. there will be a public supper with a pig and turkey roast cooked outside, along with veggies, breads and strawberry shortcake. Saturday the grounds open for the entire day at 10 a.m., and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society, 575 North Sedgwick Road. Celebrate Sedgwick’s 225th birthday! Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., open house at Sedgwick’s Merrill House, highlighting important events from the past 225 years; 2 p.m. ice cream social with birthday cake; Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., visit grounds, take self-guided tour of Sedgwick Village. Pick up map at the Town House. Information: 359-8900.