Join us for History Walk & Talk
in October and November!
History Walk & Talk is back in October to bring history outside on a walking tour of a special part of Wells called Tatnic Hill. On Saturday, October 19, The Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit, in partnership with Great Works Regional Land Trust, will present a program to honor our shared history of the landscape in Wells. The event starts at 10 a.m. The cost is $5 per person, and is free Historical Society and Land Trust members. Those interested are asked to register as space is limited. Please call or email the Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit at firstname.lastname@example.org / 207-646-4775.
Local historian and author Joe Hardy, will lead the tour. He is the author of Settlement & Abandonment on Tatnic Hill: An Eclectic History of Wells, Maine, 1600-1900. With his family, he has lived for many years on the Hill Road, “the old way to Wells from South Berwick.” He says, ““Having utilized the Historical Society's resources in my research and writing, I felt it was time to give something back, and contribute to the Society's goal of helping townspeople appreciate and understand the rich history of the Town.”
Another fall Walk & Talk with Joe Hardy will take place on Saturday, November 2. This walking tour of the historic mills in Wells will start at 10 a.m. at the Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit on 938 Post Road (Route One) in Wells, Maine. From there, participants will be guided to carpool to six historic mills locations. All but one are adjacent to the bridge crossings on the Merriland River, so there will be little walking required.
This program has served over fifty people who have enjoyed walking the historic 17th century neighborhood in Wells, to the old cemeteries, historic homes and farms of Ogunquit and Wells. Julia Einstein, administrator for the Historical Society refers to the saying “it takes a village” when she describes the success of the program. “We have lots of people in our community to thank including Joe Hardy, Sonny Perkins, Bill and Anna Spiller, Richard Chase, Marilyn Stanley, Charlotte Tragard, Carol Lee Carroll, and Brenna Crothers at the Great Works Regional Land Trust.
An 1862 Meetinghouse is the headquarters of the Historical Society of Wells & Ogunquit. The Meetinghouse Museum collection of artifacts from local families, fishermen, farms and businesses are on exhibit to tell the story of Wells and Ogunquit which began as one town in 1640. The organization celebrates 65 years this year and plans many more events and programs to come as they celebrate Maine’s statehood in 2020. The Meetinghouse is also the home of the Esselyn Perkins Library, one of the finest genealogical collections in southern Maine. The Historical Society is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.