BRIDGTON — The Bridgton Historical Society will host a Fall Festival at Narramissic at Saturday, Sept. 19, the historic Peabody-Fitch Farm in South Bridgton.

Festivities begin at 2 p.m. with blacksmithing demonstrations by master blacksmith Sam Smith, founder of the Portland Forge. At 2:30 p.m., Bridgton Historical Society Executive Director will lead a hike to the quarry that was the source of the stone in the granite foundations of the buildings. Additionally, kids can learn first-hand about children’s lives and nineteenth-century past-times, and the society will offer house tours, along with other traditional activities and demonstrations.

Admission for the afternoon will be $5 per person, children 10 and younger free, with a family maximum of $15.

The society regrets to announce that a Harvest Supper, originally scheduled for 7 p.m., has been canceled.

In addition to providing demonstrations, Smith is also interested in teaching blacksmithing classes at the Dunning Memorial Workshop and Forge. The workshop, built around 1835 by George Fitch, is named for Bob Dunning, who was well-known locally and throughout the state for his knowledge and skill in traditional trades. He was responsible for much of the building’s restoration, as well as that of the house and barn.

Smith is concerned solely with the protection of the blacksmithing craft as it was in the 19th century and prior. He started out as an apprentice at the age of 15 and worked his way up to master at 20, overseeing an 1830s blacksmith shop. He moved to Maine in 2003 and built a traditional shop by the Penobscot River. He now spends most of his time at the Portland Forge, which is housed in the original blacksmith shop of the Portland Company, circa 1846, on Fore Street.

Narramissic, the historic Peabody-Fitch Farm, is located at 46 Narramissic Road near the end of Ingalls Road off Route 107. The house, which sits on a hillside commanding dramatic mountain views, was built in 1797, and is furnished with a collection that is largely original to the property and reflects life on the eve of the Civil War.

The Bridgton Historical Society, founded in 1953, works to encourage an understanding and appreciation of our local history by making artifacts and documents available to the public through programs, exhibits and research. It also operates a museum and archive facility at 5 Gibbs Ave., just off Main Street opposite the Methodist Church.

FMI: 207-647-3699, [email protected],,, P.O. Box 44, Bridgton, ME 04009.

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