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Historic Fort George Disputed Territory 1779-1783

Event organizer: Candis Joyce
Event Date & Time: May 12, 2018 10:00 am until May 12, 2018 4:00 pm
For more information: http://www.bangorpubliclibrary.org

Co-sponsored by the Bangor Public Library and Friends of Castine Fortifications

Fort George in Castine, Maine is on the National Register of Historic Places due to the important role it played in the American Revolution.  Now only earthen works show its impressive footprint and the Friends of Castine Fortifications group is working on bringing more prominence to the fascinating history of Fort George.  The Bangor Public Library and the Friends of Fort George Fortifications are pleased to promote the work done at this historic site and of the encampment weekend on September 8 and 9, 2018.

This afternoon session provides ample time to see the impressive displays of every-day life of a 74th Highland soldier and his family stationed at Fort George in today’s Castine between 1779 and 1783.

What kind of food was available? How was clothing constructed?  How do we know what life was like?

Join us for answers to these questions. Ask your own questions of the presenters. Enjoy the displays and participate in the presentation and the handiwork. Taste the food that was known and available during the time period.

Tentative Schedule


10 – 10:45  a.m.: Welcome and introduction

Find out more about this all-day event and listen to a performance of Scottish music by local musicians Heather Macleod and Jeff Morgan

Bleacher Area (2nd Floor)

 11– 11:30 a.m.: Fashion Show of Rev War Era Clothing: Uniforms, civilian work clothing and dress clothing

Showing clothing of the Revolutionary War period are:

Lisa Simpson Lutts, representing the Castine Historical Society, will be joined by her husband Dan showing clothing worn at dressier occasions.

Allen Kimball, student at the University of Maine, will wear a Braunschweig soldier’s uniform

Don McDougal will show a Scottish soldier’s uniform and wife Ann will wear the soldier’s wife garments.

Lecture Hall

11:45 a.m.- 3 p.m.  Presentations and Displays

The afternoon provides ample time to see the impressive displays of every-day life of a 74th Highland soldier and his family stationed at Fort George in today’s Castine between 1779 and 1783:

12-12:30 p.m. Embroidery and sewing demonstrations – audience participation                                                      Presenter Ardeana Hamlin will show hand-stitching of different type. Continue stitching while listening to more presentations.

1-1:30 p.m.   Food of the Revolutionary War period

2-3 p.m.   Teaching unit – find out how our teachers present life in the American Revolution in Maine to our students.  Learning is fun at any age.  Presenter Charles Lagerbom will look at how to make early Maine historical events, people and places come to life for students studying this material. Hand-outs, rubrics, discussions on expectations will help educators and the general public visualize how students may be able to show understanding and measurable achievement with historic topics.

Participating in this event are the following:

 Ardeana Hamlin, local author and well-known sewing expert.

Sherry Davis, director of the Maine Forest and Logging Museum – Leonard’s Mills, known for her collection of reproduction historic clothing and events at the museum

Don and Ann McDougal, reenactors with the 74th Highlanders. Experts in the history of life of the Sottish troops at Fort George between 1779 and 1783

Rachel Snell, history professor at the University of Maine specializing in food of the Colonial era.

Charles Lagerbom, social studies teacher in Belfast, author of articles of Maine’s early history.

Heather Macleod and Jeff Morgan, musicians playing Scottish music

For more information, contact Anette Ruppel Rodrigues the coordinator of this Fort George Event.  Her email address is: anette.rodrigues@maine.edu 

or visit the Friends of Castine Fortifications website.