BRIDGTON — Fred and Deb (Fred Pike, Jr. and Deb Burdin) will be performing “Olde Tyme” music at Bridgton Historical Society’s Narramissic Farm in South Bridgton on Friday, July 29. The music will start at 5 p.m., but the Society encourages people to come early, bring a picnic, and enjoy the beautiful grounds. At 3 p.m. there will be a guided hike to the quarry that was the source of the granite slabs that form the foundation of the buildings. House tours also will be available. Cost of admission to the concert is $10 and there will be food available to purchase.

Fred and Deb, who are centered in the Bangor area, have been popular entertainers at Narramissic for several years. Fred is the son of the one of the pioneers of bluegrass music in Maine, the late guitar-man, Fred Pike Sr. Deb Burdin is past president of the Bluegrass Music Association of Maine. She has organized concerts for the Old Tyme Jamboree of St. Albans.

The Bridgton Historical Society was founded in 1953 to encourage an appreciation and understanding of Bridgton’s history. Narramissic, The Peabody-Fitch Farm, was bequeathed to the Society in 1987. It features a 1797 house, blacksmith shop and large barn, known locally as the Temperance Barn, having been built without the assistance of “spirituous liquors.”

Khiel Construction, of Denmark recently completed a major drainage project at the farm, which is the very first phase of a multi-year project of structural stabilization and restoration for both the barn and the house, which have been listed on Maine Preservation’s List of Most Endangered Historic Places. The society has extended a special invitation to Khiel employees to the event as a thank you for stepping up and making sure that the work was completed over the winter.

The Bridgton Historical Society also operates an archives and museum in the former fire station at 5 Gibbs Ave. in downtown Bridgton, which currently features an exhibit on innovation and industry in Bridgton, along with permanent and long-running exhibits that highlight the town’s history.

BHS museum hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday through August. Narramissic, located at 46 Narramissic Road, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 1 to 4 p.m. (closed to the public Saturday, Aug. 6) through August, and by appointment at other times.

For further information contact the Bridgton Historical Society 207-647-3699, visit www.bridgtonhistory.org, [email protected], or visit the Society’s Facebook page.


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