7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

 Both English and French colonists on the Atlantic coast of North America described bread as the “staff of life” and went to considerable lengths to ensure themselves a steady supply. Food historian Paula Marcoux describes how early colonists adapted their technologies, and ultimately their expectations, to local conditions. Her research combines evidence from the archeological and historical record with experimental oven building and baking trials. Samples of period bread and pastry will be served!

1600s new england7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

Dr. Ellen Cowie will discuss the French in Maine during the 16-18th centuries with a particular emphasis on the Wabanaki village of Norridgewock.  The archaeological information from this site has provided rich insight into the history of one Native American community located on the embattled frontier of French, English and Wabanaki colonial America.

Cowie’s talk will be Thursday, November 21, at 7:30 pm at Berwick Academy's Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served by volunteers.

depaoli n7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

Come and join Dr. Neill De Paoli as he explores the career of John Gyles, one of Maine's leading Anglo-Indian interpreters and negotiators during the turbulent first half of the 18th century.

Sponsored by the Old Berwick Historical Society, the program coincides with the 300th anniversary of Berwick’s formation when it separated from Kittery in 1713, and is part of a year-long series of public historical talks and walks under grants from Kennebunk Savings and the Maine Humanities Council.

“John Gyles’ story reveals a man challenged by his upbringing as a Puritan and often conflicting roles as an interpreter/cultural mediator and provincial military officer,” said DePaoli.

(Counting House Park)

 David Ledoyen and the company of “Les Mousquets du Roi,” French militia re-enactors from Montreal, Quebec, along with Ken Hamilton, a Penobscot interpreter from Corinth, Maine, will bring to life the world of allies and combatants on the Piscataqua frontier in the late 1600s. See the conflict through enemy eyes by visiting the English camp at nearby Wentworth House, sponsored by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History.

Both encampments are family-friendly, and visitors are encouraged to ask and touch. “Through Enemy Eyes,” a special presentation about the experience of woodsmen raiders on the New England frontier, will take place at 3:00 pm at the Counting House Museum. Photo credit: Jimmy Brodie 

1:00 pm - Counting House Museum

 Local Author Paula Bennett will be discussing her recently published book, “Imagining Ichabod: My Journey into 18th Century America through History, Food, and a Georgian House,” at the Counting House Museum in South Berwick.

The book, priced at $30, is hardcover with 60 full-color photographs and 25 adapted historic recipes. ORDER THE BOOK.

Bennett will share her story about how she and her husband, Harvey, came to own the Goodwin House, located in what is called the Old Fields part of South Berwick. They wanted to imagine, and to live to some extent, what daily life was like for the Goodwins in the 1700’s. They researched and explored the diet, décor, and activities of the early colonial times. 

steve eames7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

Join Dr. Steven Eames for his talk on the development of defensive and offensive methods of warfare on the Maine frontier including defensive garrison houses and patrols, and offensive raiding parties.

The program will begin at 7:30 pm on Thursday, September 26, at Berwick Academy's Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

ken h - campfire kids(Counting House Park)

An outdoor "living history" presentation of a colonial encampment at the time of King William's War in the late 1600s will be held on Saturday, August 24, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday, August 25, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the Counting House Museum and riverfront park.

"This is a family event for all concerned", said Paula Bennett, program chair of the Old Berwick Historical Society, adding that the re-enactors will travel here from around New England and eastern Canada.

The society is sponsoring the event to coincide with the 300th anniversary year of the establishment of Berwick, comprising the towns of South Berwick, North Berwick and Berwick of today.

hayesjoseph gen3:00 pm (Old Fields Burying Ground)

Gen. Joseph Hayes

On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Old Berwick Historical Society invites the public to an outdoor talk entitled "A South Berwick Soldier at Gettysburg and After," at Old Fields Burying Ground on Sunday, June 30 at 3:00 pm. 

The cemetery is located near the corner of Vine and Brattle Streets. Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine, and will last approximately an hour.  Comfortable shoes are recommended.

obhs party7:00 pm (Counting House)  

Celebrate our new museum exhibit opening with an evening of live entertainment and savories and sweets of the 18th century.   For OBHS members - new members are welcome.

Enjoy 18TH CENTURY ENTERTAINMENT WITH TROUBADOR Dave Peloquin 

All old -- and new -- Old Berwick Historical Society members are welcome.   Join at the door. 

rev tompson7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

Seth Hurd will discuss the founding of Berwick Academy and how many members of the Berwick community, including Reverend John Tompson, enthusiastically embraced the need to further the education of the youth in their growing town.

frost tankard7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

Historian Barbara Ward will discuss the characteristics and history of early New England church silver including the collection held by South Berwick's First Parish Federated Church.

colonial gun7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

In a talk celebrating the Berwicks’ 300th anniversary this year, blacksmith/gunsmith Steve Woodman will describe the perpetual shortage of firearms in Colonial Maine, the men who tried to alleviate the shortage, and the methods they used.

  10:00-11:30 am. Archaeologist Tad Baker will recount the story of the French and Native raid of 1703 that devastated the village of Wells and the century-long contest of faith and allegiance that defined the Piscataqua frontier. Presented through a partnership of Old Berwick Historical Society and Great Works Regional Land Trust, this hike follows the February 23 OBHS lecture on the captivity of Esther Wheelwright of Wells. For details on hike site, click here. Limited to 20 people and reservations are required. Call GWRLT at 207-646-3604 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information, hike status, and weather updates. Photo by Brenna Crothers.

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