When Lumber was King at Dennys River

Ted Wilder on the Lower Bridge over the Dennys River following the river drive of 1907
Ted Wilder on the Lower Bridge over the Dennys River following the river drive of 1907
The crew of the Dennysville Lumber company poses in 1910 with young Marie Mahar, who happened along just in time.
The crew of the Dennysville Lumber company poses in 1910 with young Marie Mahar, who happened along just in time.
Posted Aug. 11, 2014, at 3:26 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Lincoln Memorial Library, 11 King Street, Route 86, Dennysville, Maine

For more information: 207 726-3905

The story of lumbering along the Dennys River in Eastern Maine will be presented at the Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville on Tuesday evening, August 12, at 7 p.m. Historic photographs from many sources, including the Smithsonian Institution, will be used by Historian Colin Windhorst to discuss the search for lumber from its source in the Maine woods, to its springtime journey to local sawmills, where the finished product was stacked, dried, and shipped to markets both nearby and across the world. These images are drawn from the collection of the Dennys River Historical Society, many of which were taken by local Civil War veteran, and Renaissance man, Dr. John P. Sheahan. Excerpts from an interview recorded with local river driver Ted Wilder, by Smithsonian curator Richard Musgrove, recounting the log drives of the early twentieth century on the lakes and streams of Washington County, will conclude the program. This presentation, entitled “When Lumber was King” expands on a program of the same title at the Library earlier this year, renewed by popular demand. For more information please contact the Historical Society at drhs@myfairpoint.net, or call 726-3905. Admission is free.

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