Rambles are bus tours scheduled periodically to see other historic places within a day's drive of the museum. The leader of such events is an experienced and engaging director. All are welcome to join in. Watch this space for the next exciting journey.
This is the announcement for our most recent ramble.
Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Location: Dresden and Alna, Maine
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Travel: VIP coach
Cost: $50 per person.
- Part of that cost provides for donations to the historic sites that we will visit on the Ramble.
- Departure and return will be in front of Means House.
Food: Please bring your own picnic lunch.
Deadline: June 1, 2012 Reservations & Payment in office must be received by THM Site Manager, Betty Janus by Friday.
- There will be no cancellation refunds after that deadline date.
Further inquires: Ann Worster at 772-2839 or the Site Coordinator at email@example.com.
In the morning we will tour the Pownalborough Courthouse built in 1760-61, the oldest surviving judicial building in Maine.
The Courthouse witnessed the first permanent settlers on the Kennebec River, housed the first courts in the wilderness north of Portland and oversaw endless arguments over the ownership of original land grants. The building housed the court on the second floor and also served as a tavern and a general store. John Adams tried a case on behalf of the Kennebec Proprietors in 1765 at Pownalborough and described it as “almost the remotest verge of civilization.”
After lunch at picnic tables on the Courthouse grounds, the Ramble will continue to Alna. There we will tour the Alna Meeting House built in 1789 and the Head Tide Church built in 1838. The Meeting House is often described as the best example of that style in Maine. The box pews, high pulpit and the sounding board are especially handsome. Head Tide Church is a fine example of the Greek Revival style set in a lovely country landscape.