Just as many stores, restaurants, and other businesses have fallen victim to the dictates of the coronavirus, museums and historic sites including three that are maintained by Lincoln County Historical Association (LCHA) remain closed to summer visitors.
In a normal year, volunteer docents would share stories of these buildings to show how history intertwines with the heritage of this part of Maine. LCHA’s Chapman-Hall House, Pownalborough Court House, and the 1811 Old Jail span 200 years of Lincoln County history. The individuals who lived and worked in these historic buildings were observers and sometimes influential participants in the growth of Lincoln County from a district of the Massachusetts Bay Colony to one of the 16 counties in the State of Maine.
Although the buildings themselves remain quiet for now, LCHA looks to the future. Education director Louise Miller is adjusting her programs to meet the needs of a school year that promises to be unlike any other, with the exception perhaps of 1918. The cancellation of summer children’s programs and fundraisers has limited the organization’s ability to network and share with the community, but.a successful grant proposal will help fund a major electricity renovation in the Old Jail, and members have have shown their appreciation for the mission of the Association with their memberships and donations to support ongoing projects.. For this generosity the Board of LCHA is very grateful.
In the coming year, as restrictions ease and protocols are put in place to keep visitors and docents safe, the LCHA historic sites will once again be open to share insights into the rich heritage of Lincoln County. Meanwhile, the public is invited to view LCHA’s new website launched in the spring at www.lincolncountyhistory.org. Hiking trails at the Pownalborough Court House are also open to all.
The Lincoln County Historical Association is a nonprofit organization that provides stewardship for the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset, and the Pownalborough Court House in Dresden. For more information about the Lincoln County Historical Association, visit www.lincolncountyhistory.org and the Facebook pages, Lincoln County Historical Association Maine and Pownalborough Court House Museum.