February 21, 2018
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Is Castine Really the Oldest Community in New England?

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Castine, Maine – Is Castine really “The Oldest Settlement in New England”? That question will be the focus of discussion at a special community meeting sponsored by the Castine Historical Society and the Town of Castine Select Board. The event will be held on Wednesday afternoon, July 10, at Emerson Hall, from 3:30 to 5:00pm.

“The recent controversy over the accuracy of our welcoming sign makes such a discussion appropriate,” said Marcia P. Mason, the Society’s president. The sign, seen for many years at the entrance to the town, states that Castine was “Settled in 1613,” making it older than Plymouth, Massachusetts, settled in 1620. Some citizens are not so sure, and indeed the meaning of the word “settled” itself is unclear.

“We are looking forward to a friendly exchange over history itself,” said Mason. “How do we know what we know, and can we ever be sure?” Joseph R. Phillips, former Executive Director of the Maine State Museum, will act as a facilitator for the session. Everyone is invited to participate.

For more information on the Castine Historical Society and its exhibits, programs and collections, or to schedule an appointment to do research in the Society’s archives, visit CHS online at www.castinehistoricalsociety.org, email info@castinehistoricalsociety.org or call 207-326-4118.