OTISFIELD — The Otisfield Historical Society will revisit Jugtown during its next program Thursday, Sept. 26.

The PowerPoint presentation will be held at 7 p.m. in the Community Hall on Route 121.

According to Jean Hankins, the program is based on a similar one presented by her late husband, David Hankins, in 1996.

“In the years since then, the 5,000-acre Jugtown Forest, owned by the Hancock Lumber Co., has experienced some changes, and there is considerable local interest in this large area, which remains terra incognita to most Otisfielders,” Jean Hankins said.

Hankins will use a combination of photos from 1996 and 2012 to take the audience on a virtual walking tour of the 1.6 mile Jugtown Road, which begins on Oak Hill in Otisfield and ends at Edes Falls in Naples.

“There’s some good evidence that the Jugtown Road was the very first real road in Otisfield,” she said.

Following her presentation, Otisfield botanist Pixie Williams will briefly describe the ecological importance of Jugtown, especially its pitch pines. Nick Edwards of Hancock Lumber will outline Hancock’s forestry strategies and plans for the area.

The public is invited to attend.


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