FREEPORT — The Freeport Historical Society has announced the first annual Freeport Historic Barns and Quilt Tour and the 35th annual Pettengill Farm Day.

The barn and quilt tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. The event will feature visits to four unique barns built during the late 18th and 19th centuries where quilts, from the same era as the barn, will be on display.

Leading the tours will be architect, author and farmstead historian, Dr. Thomas Hubka, author of “Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn”; local writer and barn researcher, Don Perkins; and quilt historian, restorer and lecturer, Kathy Kenny.

The event will begin with coffee and sweets at Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop on Route 1 South in Freeport. After touring the final barn, the event will conclude with fiddle music and cider at the Houses and Barns by John Libby facility on Route 136, Post Road, where professional quilt appraiser, Bonnie Dwyer, will give 10-minute, verbal quilt appraisals. Appointments are encouraged by calling 865-3170 and are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $15.

Tickets for the tour are $25 each person and must be purchased in advance. They are available online at www.freeporthistoricalsociety.org or by check; mail to 45 Main Street, Freeport, ME 04032.

Pettengill Farm Day will be on Sunday, Oct. 3, at the farm located on Pettengill Road, off of Flying Point Road. There will be fiddle and old-time country tunes and even some saw-playing. There will be three performances by Maine State Yo-Yo Champ Brandon Baines and the barnyard animals will be back, including chickens, cows, alpacas, horses and sheep.

New to the fields this year will be a corn maze. There will also be expanded family geo-caching, four-way tug-o-war, apple hucking, cider pressing, trail walks and a presentation by apple expert, John Bunker. People may bring apples from their trees for identification. The Storytelling Tent will feature stories about farms and animals. Children are invited to pull up a hay bale or sit in the rocker.

The Master Trades area has been expanded to include a farrier, portable saw mill, penny rug making, iron forging, dry stone wall building, slate carving, spinning, welding and more. There will be tours of the early 19th century saltbox, haywagon rides through the farm fields, and plenty of food available for purchase.

For more infomration, call 865-3170 or visit www.freeporthistoricalsociety.org.


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