Students from the Keene’s Corner area sit for their school photo on the steps of the Nazarene church across the road from the school in the fall of 1932 in Leeds. Submitted photo

Members of the Leeds Historical Society plan to offer spring walks on weekend days to explore some locations of historical note in town.

The following walks are scheduled.

A tour of Keene’s Corner is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9.

From an early store run by John Keene who sold spirituous liquors, among other things, to a 130-year-old church which is still serves the community, the Keene’s Corner area has interesting stories to tell of a once-thriving southern section of town, according to a news release from the society. Participants will learn about the determination of an inspired group of women — the Ladies Aid Society — and a one-room schoolhouse that once stood there. The walk will continue a short way to the Keene’s Corner cemetery to learn more of some of the remarkable people who lived, worked, and worshiped in this area.

The society has been given permission to park in the lot by the Nazarene Church on the southwest corner of U.S. Route 202 and Leeds Junction Road.

The second scheduled tour will take participants toConfluence of the Androscoggin and Dead Rivers  starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23.


This area was first inhabited by groups of Abenaki Indians. Leeds pioneer settlers, the Stinchfield brothers, encountered and peacefully lived among them in the 1780s. This story, the odd flow pattern of the Dead River, and the location of the largest (at one time) Silver Maple in the country will all be told. The walk will continue about a quarter of a mile back up the road to talk about one of the early hand-hewn built homes in town.

People can meet at the far end of Campbell road off of Route 219. The 1.5-mile ride should be taken slowly as the road is rough and potentially wet.

A third tour will is the Fish/Lothrop Cemetery and Poor Farm Walk starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7.

This roadside cemetery, which contains a number of the early families in town complete with an iron-wrought fence, many Revolutionary soldiers, and several mysteries, will be the first stop. After noting some of the natural open wetlands near the Androscoggin Lake, the walk will continue three-quarters of a mile down the Ridge Road, which is part of a long esker and offers some dramatic views. The end of the road was the location of the town’s poor farm.

People can park at the fire station lot just across from the Fish Cemetery on Route 106. It might be wet, so wear appropriate footwear.

Rain date and times for all the walks are on the next day, Sunday at 1 p.m.

For more information, call Laura Juraska at 207-524-2324.

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