Penboscot Bay Press Compass Logo

Penobscot Bay Press
Community Information Services

News Feature

Originally published in Compass, July 10, 2014
Living history going strong in Castine

Wilson Museum showcases ‘living history’

Fireside cooking, one of the ‘living history’ demonstrations at the Wilson Museum, in Castine, Maine, on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2 to 5 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Wilson Museum

Living history is alive and well at Castine’s Wilson Museum. On Wednesdays and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. during July and August, the Museum will host demonstrations of several crafts from times past, according to a news release. Joe Meltreder of Bagaduce Forge will be at the Museum’s forge—a perennial favorite, and Temple Blackwood of Highlands Woodturning will be demonstrating in the Education Center. These demonstrations are free of charge.

The 18th-century John Perkins House will offer fireside cooking demonstrations on select Wednesdays in July and August (July 9, 23, August 6, 20) as part of a guided tour of the home.

On Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, get a taste of revolutionary-era Castine. Throughout the weekend, a team of re-enactors will live as though it’s 1779, demonstrating drills, marches, cooking, spinning, and weaving. The original 74th Regiment garrisoned Castine’s Fort George from 1779 until the end of the War, and the encampment is presented to mark of the 235th anniversary of British arrival and is part of the Museum’s Revolution Downeast program series in conjunction with the summer exhibit on the excavation of the Defence, a privateer lost during the Penobscot Expedition.

Step back in time or learn a new, old craft on a visit to the Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins Street in Castine. Information: 326-9247 or