HARRISON — The Historic Scribner’s Saw Mill and Homestead site will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, on Jesse Mill Road. Those who attend can spend the afternoon touring the mill to learn about the “Sash” saw used to cut lumber and how to make a barrel; view the exhibits in the long and exhibit sheds; watch the blacksmith at the forge; and tour the homestead. The barn and ice house are also open for self-guided tours, according to a news release from the mill.

Bourdon Scribner’s Civil War bayonet with its tip bent into a hook. Submitted photo

On Aug. 18, 1862, young 18-year-old Bourdon Scribner enlisted in Company H, 17th Maine Infantry to serve for three years. He was killed in action at the battle of Mine Run in Virginia from a Minnie bullet through the heart on Nov. 27, 1963. It was said of him that he “was ever prompt, faithful, and diligent in the discharge of his duties and was killed while gallantly facing the foe and nobly doing his duty,” according to the release. It just so happened that Nov. 27 was the last Thursday of the month making it Thanksgiving Day where families gathered together to give thanks. His mother, who lived to be almost 101, received a pension of $8 a month. Of his possessions that were returned to his family was his bayonet with its tip bent into a hook.

At the annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the homestead, member Peter Hammond will give a special presentation “Little Unknown Facts about the Civil War.” His talk will connect facts of the war with 18 year old Bourdon Scribner and the artifacts that we have of his service. This is an open meeting, deserts will be served, and there will be a brief business meeting summarizing this past year’s achievements.

A $5 donation for each adult is requested. For more information, visit scribnersmill.org.


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