Each year we celebrate the Founders of Stratton at the Dead River Area Historical Society. On Sunday August 22nd we will honor the founders of Eustis “The Stevens Family” hosted by direct descendant Caleb and Lisa Stevens from Jay, Maine. Caleb grew up in Stratton and his many friends are invited to drop in and say hello.

The Dead River Area Historical Society plans to celebrate the founders of Eustis on Sunday, Aug. 22, hosted by direct descendant Caleb and Lisa Stevens of Jay.

Two hundred and two years ago, 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 to their destination on the second day.

This was not Caleb’s first trip. His first trip in August 1818 was to scope out the new enterprise, build a cabin and barn and then return in the fall to get his family. Read the history of this brave family in the early wilderness of Maine as written by a family member in the Franklin Chronicle in the late 1800s.

Route 27, between Kingfield and Stratton is now “The Caleb Dalton Stevens Memorial Highway”.

The Dead River Area Historical Society is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every weekend throughout August. Displays include a collection of old carpentry and logging tools, china, glass, church organ, furniture from native families, a complete schoolroom, a memorial room to the “lost” towns of Flagstaff and Dead River, the lineage of several native families, and a host of memorabilia from native homesteads.

For more information, call Mary Henderson 207-246-2271.


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