November 4, 2017 -- Join us for... THE HISTORY GAMES!
Loosely based on the Hike Through History, an interactive scavenger hunt and a visit to an old Speakeasy, History Games is our newest and most unique fundraiser! And what's the best part? It's adults only - because why should kids have all of the fun?!!
Come with a team or come and join a team to enjoy this magical evening! Teams will be competing for points and prizes as they collect clues, participate in team challenges and try to solve the puzzle! Traipse through "old South Berwick" and visit the characters of the past who once roamed our streets. Come experience the drama of Teen Haven, gossip with Sarah Orne Jewett's servants and learn about a scandalous murder that riveted the town. Chat with old sea captains and other interesting folks of the past as you move through town to collect clues and learn about our unique history. End the evening at the Speakeasy in the Wadleigh Ballroom with drinks, food, and a small auction. We'll be announcing the History Game winners!
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Loosely based on the more educational, fact-based Hike Through History coordinated by Central Elementary School, the History Games will include an interactive scavenger hunt leading to a fictional “Speakeasy” with drinks, food, and dancing, St. Pierre explained.
The event will also serve up authentic history, researched at the historical society’s Counting House Museum and related by costumed characters impersonating old sea captains, a Revolutionary War widow, and citizens escaping the famous downtown Fire of 1870.
Participants are invited to come with a team or join a team after they arrive. Everyone will compete for points as they collect clues, participate in team challenges and try to solve the puzzle. Winners will be celebrated with a trophy.
Over 20 historical society volunteers worked several months to prepare the event by researching local history and creating costumes.
The historical society is grateful to the owners of the five historic buildings on the tour. They include the 1774 Sarah Orne Jewett House, owned by Historic New England; the 1798 former Frost Tavern, soon to be a bed and breakfast; the 1925 South Berwick Central School; the 1903 Academy Street home of attorney George Yeaton, now owned by Berwick Academy; and the 1871 Newichawannock Hall, Wadleigh Gardens Ballroom.