Lecture on ‘The Barns of Maine’

Posted June 11, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.

WISCASSET, Maine — Author Don Perkins will talk about his book “The Barns of Maine — Our History, Our Stories” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19, in the Nickels-Sortwell House barn, 121 Main St. The entrance is on Federal Street.

Barns hold a special place in the lives and memories of Mainers, whether it’s a barn that serves as a vital part of a working farm, an old barn that is part of an equally old house, or a barn that has been converted into a living space or part of a business.

Don Perkins will examine the structures, origins, and evolution of Maine’s barns, from modest English to grand Victorian style, demonstrating the vital and unique role they play in the lives of their owners.

For example, Historic New England’s 1789 Marrett House in Standish has one of the most complete big house-back house-little house-barn configurations in New England, and was preserved by three generations of the family who recognized the value of their iconic homestead.

A former carpenter and woodworker with a passion for barns and longtime interest in timber framing, Perkins will tell the stories of other iconic Maine barns including Dan Sortwell’s Big Red Barn in Wiscasset. Nickels-Sortwell House is located at 121 Main St. in Wiscasset.

Admission is $5 for Historic New England members; $10 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is recommended by calling 207-882-7169. This lecture is sponsored by Big Barn Coffee. The lecture series is sponsored by Ames True Value Hardware & Supply. For information and a full calendar of summer programs, call 207-882-7169 or visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org.

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