Lincoln County Historical Association

Summer fun at local historic sites

Sat, 04/27/2024 - 12:00pm
    Lincoln County Historical Association’s annual summer programming includes three week-long camps for children and teens. This year’s theme is Summer with the Past – Stepping Back: Discovering Skills and Pastimes of the 18th and 19th centuries. The activities are designed around the skills and pastimes of the 18th and 19th centuries. Each week offers hands-on history during which participants are introduced to various trades of the period and the skills needed to practice each one.
    During the week of June 24-28, a program for ages 7-11, will investigate the practice of bartering. What would a farmer, a tinsmith, or a widow in the 18th century, offer in trade for a necessary pound of sugar or a sheet of paper? The program, held at the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each day’s project will be complemented by Colonial pastimes, such as games.
    History and traditional trades come together again at the Chapman-Hall House during the week of July 22 -26.  This week’s projects, for ages 12-15, will include 18th and 19th century skills. Participants will learn about broom making, floor cloth design work, basket making and more. Each day’s schedule runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    During the week of Aug. 5-9, a program for ages 7-11 takes place in Wiscasset, which was a prominent shipping port in the 19th century. The activities will revolve around the merchants and tradespeople, the Old Jail and early train travel. The camp will be held at the 1811 Old Lincoln County Jail from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Summer with the Past – Stepping Back; Discovering Skills and Pastimes of the 18th and 19th centuries was designed by Louise T. Miller, Education Director of the Lincoln County Historical Association’s Education Outreach program.  The goal of this program is to provide children with a greater understanding of the unique history of Lincoln County and the people whose skills were part of that history.
    Pre-registration is required. Details and registration information can be found on the LCHA website:  - click on Learn and Youth Programs. To request information to be mailed to you, please contact LCHA by phone (207 882-6817), write LCHA at, Post Office Box 61, Wiscasset, ME  04578, or e-mail at  Space is limited, so please register early. Tuition assistance is available, please note your request on the Registration Form.
    The Lincoln County Historical Association is a non-profit organization that provides stewardship for the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1761 Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, and the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset.  For more information, visit or Lincoln County Historical Association (Maine) on Facebook.