STRATTON — The Dead River Area Historical Society will feature the Chain of Ponds Farm from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9.

On the route to Canada, a field on the left close to the entrance to the Megantic Club used to be a large farm that raised vegetables, chickens for eggs and meat and cows for milk for the Lac Megantic Club.

Over the years many people have been caretakers for the Chain of Pond Farm. John Caldwell’s grandfather, Leslie Samuel Caldwell, and grandmother, Lillian Mary Fletcher Caldwell, were caretakers from 1911 to 1913. Alma Dube’s parents, Arthur and Amelia Lecours Brault, cared for it from 1927 to 1938. She lived there from the time she was 5 until she was 16.

Dorothy Stevens Jones has a story in the Chain of Ponds Album about the time her parents were the caretakers of the farm. Along with domestic animals, there were wild animals to contend with such as bears.

Also on display in the museum are artifacts, manuscripts and photographs that have been donated or loaned by interested townspeople and descendants of original families of the Dead River Region. Collections from 1850 on include old carpentry and logging tools, china, glass, church organ, furniture from native families, a complete schoolroom, a memorial room to the “lost” towns of Flagstaff and Dead River, the lineage of several native families, and a host of memorabilia from native homesteads.

For more information, call Mary Henderson at 246-2271.


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