Photo courtesy of Hampden Historical Society
Hannibal Hamlin’s office, show in this vintage photo, and now a part of the Kinsley House campus of the Hampden Historical Society, will be one of the stops on the proposed History Walking Trail in Hampden.
HAMPDEN, Maine — The Hampden Historical Society and the Hampden Historic Preservation Commission have joined forces to create a history walking trail on Main Road (Route 1A), between the town’s upper and lower corners, and on to the Souadabscook Stream. They are working in conjunction with The Museum in the Streets, a company that helps communities create signs to commemorate local history. The goal is to create a series of 15 signs noting people, events and buildings which have been important in the history of Hampden. In addition, trailhead signs will be installed at each end of the walking trail and printed brochures will help residents and visitors find each site. Similar installations have already been created for eight towns and cities in Maine.
A CLG grant from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission will be sought once local matching funds have been raised from area businesses and individuals. To date, $2,000 in pledges has been received from four Hampden businesses in support of this project. An additional $5,500 in pledges is needed by Nov. 30.
Supporters’ names will be included on the sign of their choice for a minimum pledge of $500. The total cost of the project is $15,000 which includes the signs, signposts and an endowment fund for future maintenance.
Dean Bennett, Economic Development Officer for Hampden, described this project as an excellent economic development tool. The Museum in the Streets director, Patrick Cardon, said “the walking tour seeks to enhance the community’s historical identity, educate, encourage preservation and promote the knowledge and respect of local traditions.”
To help support the project with a funding pledge, call the Hampden Historical Society Treasurer Vivian
Gresser at 207-862-3676.
For information about the project, call Hampden Town Planner Bob Osborne, at 207-862-6527.