7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
Meet Mary: ocean-born and named by an infamous pirate. Her birth saved a group of Scottish immigrants aboard a ship bound for New England in 1720. Join historian Jeremy D'Entremont as he separates the facts from the fantastic legends shrouding one of New England's most enduring folk tales.
Sponsored by the Old Berwick Historical Society, the program will be held on Thursday, January 26th, starting at 7:30 pm at Berwick Academy's Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street, and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served by volunteers.
Halfway through the grueling voyage, pirates intercepted and captured the vessel. Upon hearing a baby's cry, the pirate captain promised to spare the lives of all on board if the mother named her newborn Mary, possibly after his beloved mother. The ship arrived safely in Massachusetts, and Mary lived most of her long life in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Discover the house in Henniker, New Hampshire, that Mary is said to haunt and where a pirate purportedly stashed his treasure.
Jeremy D'Entremont is a writer, photographer and tour guide whose specialty is New England maritime history. He is the author of nine books, including The Lighthouses of Maine, Great Shipwrecks of the Maine Coast and The Lighthouse Handbook: New England. He's written more than three hundred articles on lighthouses and maritime history, and his photographs have appeared in countless books, magazines and calendars. He's the historian and former president of the American Lighthouse Foundation and founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses. He has appeared on the History Channel, Public Television, Travel Channel, Syfy Channel, WCVB-TV, WMUR-TV and National Public Radio speaking about lighthouses and maritime history. Jeremy also offers tours based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He has lectured and narrated cruises all along the New England coast.