Forest Heritage Days – Moosehead Historical Society

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Forest Heritage Days – Moosehead Historical Society

Forest Heritage Days – Moosehead Historical Society

Friday, August 9

8 am – 4 pm: Guided Forestry Bus Tour

Embark on a journey back in time to the historic Katahdin Iron Works. Here, the solitary remains of a blast furnace and charcoal kiln stand as quiet testaments to the once-thriving Katahdin Iron Works. From 1843 to 1890, these structures were the heart of Maine’s sole iron works operation in the 19th century, their fires burning ceaselessly, casting an ethereal glow against the night sky.

The tour also includes a visit to a bustling forest operation, an engaging discussion on bird science with John Hagan from Our Climate Common, and a glimpse into a watershed restoration site. This is not just a tour; it’s a step into the past and a look into the future of conservation. Join us and experience the rich heritage of the Maine wilderness.

$55 per person (includes lunch). Meet at the Bartley Family Event Center, 241 Pritham Avenue, at 7:45 a.m.

9:30 am – 12 pm: Backpack Weaving 101

Learn how to make a pack basket with local talents Pat Huckins and Peggy Phillips.

Bartley Family Event Center, 241 Pritham Avenue, Greenville, By donation

2 pm – 4 pm: Calling All Kids! Tree Tales and Forest Fun with acclaimed children’s author Mary Morton Cowan  

Embark on a thrilling journey with the acclaimed author, Mary Morton Cowan. Dive into the fascinating world of trees with an interactive identification game, and let your curiosity guide you through a delightful picture scavenger hunt.

 Unearth the historical methods of logging as you explore how timber was once hewn and transported from the heart of the woods to the bustling sawmills. Expand your vocabulary with intriguing logging terms and prepare to be surprised by a special mystery guest! This is an adventure you won’t want to miss!”

Bartley Family Event Center, 241 Pritham Avenue, Greenville, Free admission

5:30 pm – 7 pm: Masonic Bean Hole Bean Woodsman’s Dinner

Enjoy an authentic Woodsmen’s Dinner of baked beans, hot dogs, biscuits and more. 

Masonic Temple, Pritham Ave., Greenville Jct., $15/person

7 pm – 8:30 pm: Timber Tales – Unearthing the Chronicles of Maine’s Logging Legacy with  author Mary Morton Cowan

Maine, with its vast expanse of forestland, has a rich and complex history of logging that dates back to the colonial era. Join us for an enlightening event where the award-winning author, Mary Morton Cowan, will take us on a journey through Maine’s logging history. Her engaging slide presentation will trace the evolution of logging practices in Maine, from its rudimentary beginnings to the advent of steam-powered log haulers and sawmills in the early 20th century. The presentation will be enriched with vintage photographs, offering a rare glimpse into an actual logging operation from the past. Don’t miss this opportunity to delve into the fascinating world of Maine’s logging heritage.

Bartley Family Event Center, 241 Pritham Avenue, Greenville, By Donation

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