Leeds Maine Historical Society

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For 10 years we've been spending time on Androscoggin Lake in Leeds enjoying the relaxing days of summertime, water skiing, fishing or just lounging in the sun.  This year I decided to haul the boat home early and spend some time on Long Island Sound so when we were in Maine for Labor Day weekend I stumbled into a day of historical activities.

The day started early with my cousin showing up at 7:00 am for a five miler.  He was a runner years ago before medical issues caused him to stop but was trying out one of those hand peddled cycles for the weekend so I ran as he worked his arms.  After the run/ride we decided to take a short hike up Monument Hill.  When we returned there was a historian sitting at the start of the trail with a display of information. The Monument was one of the attractions of Historic Leeds Day.

The town historian was able to provide an accurate accounting of the monument and put an end to all the false rumors as to the history of the hill. After an interesting discussion we stopped by the old town office to pick up an itinerary for the day's activities.

There were about 12 sites open ranging from old Churches to private homes.  One of the homes we visited was The Lynn Farmhouse.  The Lynn's purchased the run-down farm in 1959 as a summer home and kept a few rooms in original condition.  The house was built around 1810 and for many years was the home of the Albert Bryant, a mail carrier nearly 100 years ago.  In 1910 he commissioned Charles Phillips to paint several scenes directly on the living room walls to save the cost of canvas.

The room even contained an old crank telephone from the days of the party line.  I remember as a kid visiting relatives in Maine when the party line was still in use within the rural towns.  This was back in the '60s so they all used fancy new Rotary Dial Phones on the Party Line.

Also of interest was the boat ride to The Indian Carry where the first town settler, Thomas Stinchfield met about 500 Indians when he came to the area in 1777 or 1778.

 

Comments (8)

Suzanne Sands
Pavao Real Estate - Somerset, MA
Somerset MA Real Estate

Dan,

Looks like you learned a lot on your trip. I don't remember party lines...must have been before my time. ;)

Sep 08, 2007 01:59 PM
Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
What a great day- we had a party line until I was out of high-school.... it was pretty frustrating for a gals social life when the neighbor could listen in at any time.
Sep 08, 2007 06:06 PM
No Longer Active
Real Estate - Fallon, MT

Suzanne.... I know, you're just a young'in..  What Birthday was that?   :-)

Thesa....We never had party lines in Connecticut that I know of so it was a strange memory of Maine. Kind of like tin cans & string.... LOL

Sep 08, 2007 11:38 PM
Suzanne Sands
Pavao Real Estate - Somerset, MA
Somerset MA Real Estate

Hi Dan,

LOL! hmm it was 39, I mean 29 again! :)

Sep 09, 2007 04:01 AM
No Longer Active
Real Estate - Fallon, MT
Suzanne... I knew that... Was just testing your memory... LOL
Sep 09, 2007 10:39 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
Dan, great way to incorporate education with some fun.  Unfortunately for me I remember the party line all to well ..... LOL
Sep 09, 2007 02:25 PM
No Longer Active
Real Estate - Fallon, MT
George.... Don't feel old - everything is new again!  While surfing late night TV channels you'll notice you have to pay big bucks for a party line today.....LOL
Sep 09, 2007 11:32 PM
Susie Roscoe
Signature Realty Associates - Brandon, FL
Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL
Dan, sounds like a great weekend!  Your cousin, running, hiking, reminiscing about your youth and party lines...hahaha  Just kidding!  I love the idea that the Lynn Farmhouse kept a few rooms in original condition...I bet there's awesome details from the 1800's! 
Sep 16, 2007 12:56 PM