STRATTON — The Dead River Area Historical Society celebrated the founders of Eustis, “The Stevens Family,” on Aug. 23, after Philip Stevens, descendant, re-enacted Caleb Stevens’ walk from Kingfield to Stratton.

Caleb Stevens (1776-1855) journeyed, with his wife, Sally Thomas Stevens, and nine children, from Kingfield to the intersection of Stratton Brook and the Dead River in the fall of 1818. They walked as far as Carrabassett the first day and arrived at their destination on the second day.

It was not Caleb’s first trip. On his first trip in August 1818 he built a cabin and barn, then return in the fall to get his family.

Philip Stevens re-enacted the walk, starting Aug. 21 from the Kingfield Historical Society building at 8 a.m. and camping along the way as his ancestor did. Getting an early start on Aug. 22, he arrived at the Stratton Historical Society at 3 p.m., completing the Caleb Dalton Stevens (1776-1855)  25-mile walk.

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