STRATTON — Philip Stevens, a descendant of Eustis settler Caleb Stevens, plans to recreate his ancestor’s founding walk from Kingfield to the intersection of Stratton Brook and the Dead River on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21 and 22.

The Dead River Area Historical Society will celebrate the town’s founding family Sunday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the society hall, hosted by the Stevens family.

Stevens will start his journey at 8 a.m. Friday, beginning at the Kingfield Historical Society building. He’ll camp in Carrabassett Valley overnight and plan to arrive in Stratton between 3 and 4 p.m. Saturday. His ancestor, Caleb Stevens, made this same solo trek in August 1818 and stayed to build a cabin and barn, returning in the fall with his wife and nine children to settle the town.

The weekend re-enactment is also intended to raise public awareness of the effort being made to name the portion of Route 27 between Kingfield and Stratton the Caleb Dalton Stevens Memorial Highway in honor of the town’s founding father. 

For more information, call Mary Henderson at 246-2271 or Pat Simpson at 265-5141.


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