Over its’ 240 year history, the 140-acre saltwater Pettengill homestead was farmed, producing corn, potatoes and other staples and served as home to a variety of barnyard animals including cows, sheep, chickens, pigs, and more. In a tradition begun in 2009, Freeport Historical Society will again be welcoming barnyard animals (and happy alpacas) back to “the farm” as we celebrate our 37th year of Pettengill Farm Day, Sunday, October 7th, 10a-3p.
Our stage features lively, traditional acoustic music, from Celtic to country to blue grass including Maine Highland Fiddlers and Maine Squeeze. Enjoy Historical Conjuring & entertainments with the authentic nineteenth century magic of itinerant Magician Richard Potter who amazed and entertained audiences from New England to Canada and throughout the South from ca.1810-1835! Junior World Juggling Champ, Will Silvers and fellow juggler, Jack Streeter, join us this year! Pull up a hay bale and enjoy all this area offers!
NEW this year is our Pettengill Chautauqua where one can partake in one or more short presentations and workshops on a variety of interesting topics including:
• A program entitled, My New England, Maine Poet Laureate, Wesley McNair, reads poems about the farms, towns, and people of northern New England.
• An orchard stroll and discussion, author and heirloom apple expert, John Bunker, will discuss the long history of apples in New England and help us identify uses and apple types. Bring an apple that you’d like identified
• Wildlife Woodcarver Wayne Robbins will be demonstrating and discussing his craft
• Bees and beekeeping will be discussed by Phil Gaven, The Honey Exchange
Also new this year at this event is the Maine Quilt Heritage project, a project of the Pine Tree Quilters Guild. Since 1987, they have been documenting quilts statewide for the purpose of preserving our quilt heritage. Bring your family quilt(s) for physical analysis and have it/them documented. To date, MQH has documented over 2600 quilts in Maine!!.
Families will enjoy our Storytelling Tent for children with readings by local educators. Cozy up on the rug or enjoy a good story from the rocker.
Jump aboard our olde-time horse-drawn hay wagon rides with the beloved Belgian’s, “Spike” and “Nick.” And, NEW this year, view the strength and agility of a horse and oxen teams as they plow a field and twitch logs.
Expanded Master Trades and Women’s Skills Area features dry stone wall building, spinning, slate carving, rug hooking, wood turning, iron forging, sawyering, and more.
NEW this year in our Active area is kite- making and flying and hula-hooping. Geo-cache with L.L.Bean, challenge yourself in our sack races, 4- way tug-o-war, and beanbag toss. Win a Wicked Whoopie Pie! Sip some just-squeezed apple cider at our cider press!
Don’t miss our docent-guided introduction to antique farm equipment and tools including a sampling of animal and human-powered machinery and labor saving devices.
Visit the early 19thc Pettengill home with room docents from RSU5 High School. Wait till you see the sgrafitti upstairs!
Lunch and snacks are available from 11am- 2pm.
Pettengill Farm is located 1.5miles from the LLBean flagship store in Freeport. From Main Street, turn right onto Bow Street which becomes Flying Point Road . Watch for right-hand turn onto Pettengill Road and bear right to proceed onto the property. Free, on-site parking.
Event donation: $5.00 adults, $2.00 children
The community-minded sponsors of the 37th Annual Pettengill Farm Day are Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen and Topside Tavern, Riley Insurance, Bath Savings Trust, Bath Savings Institution, Coffee by Design, L.Welsher & Son Construction and Sherman’s Books & Stationary.
Thank you to our 2012 Annual Sponsors: L.L.Bean, Harraseeket Inn, Bath Savings Institution, Chilton Furniture, Hilton Garden Inn, Taggart Construction, Brown Goldsmiths, and Eastland Shoe
Sunday, October 7
10:00 am - 3:00 pm