A one-hour walking tour following the “village voices” of the past will be offered by the Old Berwick Historical Society on Saturday, June 9.
Led by historical society member Wendy Pirsig, the walking tour begins at 1:00 pm in the post office parking lot on Main Street. The event is free and everyone is welcome.
Dubbed “Village Voices: The Tour,” the walk incorporates themes from an exhibit by that name at the society’s Counting House Museum. The display, located in the second floor hall, traces the economic transformation of South Berwick over four centuries, using maps, photos and original objects.
Maritime trade, shoemaking, small business are among the six local livelihoods highlighted in both the exhibit and the walking tour. On the walk, participants will visit sites where Capt. Theodore F. Jewett, shoemaker Francis Raynes and Canadian entrepreneur Placide Gagnon lived and worked.
“Not every town is fortunate enough to have so many remnants of past eras, right within walking distance,” said Pirsig. “In South Berwick, even with modern traffic going by and people browsing smartphones, we can learn the stories of people who lived here before, and picture their livelihoods when horses’ hooves could be heard on these streets.”
Walking tour participants will also be invited to visit the Counting House Museum following the event. The museum is open from 1 to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays through October.