Summer happenings at the Chapman-Hall House

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 7:15am

The summer season at Lincoln County Historical Association’s Chapman-Hall House got a great kickoff with a Father's Day demonstration of traditional blacksmithing methods by Jeff Miller that brought a record number of visitors. Bath Savings Bank sponsored the event, held on the grounds of the antique cape on Main Street in Damariscotta.

The costume exhibit is back with all new clothing to be seen. Ten new mannequins, adults and children, are now part of the permanent displays and have been arranged in each of the downstairs rooms and in the upstairs bedroom. The circa 1870s silk gown that originally greeted visitors in the downstairs bedroom, now resides in the rug room on the second floor. Our sincere thanks to the historical re-enactors who share their extra clothing with us: Yvette Clark of Vermont, Sharon Bell of New York, and Beth Gilgun and Michelle Held of Massachusetts. The children’s clothes were made by Stewardship Committee members.

The house boasts refurbished windows all around the first floor. The second floor windows will require complete replacement. The steps to that end are now being put in place. The plaster on the North and East walls of the downstairs bedroom has been repaired. Darryn Peterson of Nobleboro had the work completed for opening day despite the cold, wet spring.

Again this year, the Old Bristol Garden Club invited the Stewardship Committee to submit a proposal for the Club to consider funding. The Nine Patch Garden proposal was funded with an award of $100. The Nine Patch Garden was one of the activities for the children who attended the Summer with the Past – Discovering 18th & 19th Century Art, Crafts and History program at Chapman-Hall from June 24-28. Using the traditional quilt pattern as the design to follow, the children learned planting basics, use of color, and plant care while putting their planters together. Many thanks to the Old Bristol Garden Club for their support.

The Stewardship Committee would like to acknowledge Ernie McNiff, who retired as a docent this year after many years of volunteering. Ernie particularly enjoyed sharing with visitors the cat paw print found in one of the bricks that makes up the hearth of the Parlor fireplace. Our appreciation goes out to Ernie for the many hours he gave to Chapman-Hall over the years.

Zibette Dean, a Stewardship Committee member, is our ace herb gardener. Zibette has the herb garden looking so well. A few plants needed to be replaced after the rough winter, yet the garden is full of lush growth with the various plants showing off their flowers as the summer goes along. Do stop and enjoy the garden before or after your tour of the house.

The Chapman-Hall House is one of three Lincoln County Historical Association (LCHA) sites.  For more information, please visit; or Facebook: Lincoln County Historical Association Maine. LCHA is a non-profit organization that provides stewardship for the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1761 Pownalborough Courthouse in Dresden, and the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset.