Dennys River History

Dennys River History The Dennys River Historical Society preserves and shares the history of the Dennys River region.

Then and now (ish). The house of Fred Gardner in Dennysville, Maine, taken around 1900 and 1980, when the house was owne...
01/03/2024

Then and now (ish). The house of Fred Gardner in Dennysville, Maine, taken around 1900 and 1980, when the house was owned by Louis Gardner, one of the children in the older photo. Note that in the earlier photo the house does not yet have a porch.

For more information about the house, visit the DRHS website at
https://bit.ly/48kYcIK.

The Albert Lincoln Farm in Dennysville.  Built on the site of a previous Lincoln home, Albert Lincoln was both a farmer ...
12/29/2023

The Albert Lincoln Farm in Dennysville. Built on the site of a previous Lincoln home, Albert Lincoln was both a farmer and physician, retiring from medicine around 1896.

For more information about the house, visit the DRHS website at https://bit.ly/48uxTjL.

If you are looking for a traditional Christmas service, visit the Dennysville-Edmunds Congregational Church on Saturday,...
12/22/2023

If you are looking for a traditional Christmas service, visit the Dennysville-Edmunds Congregational Church on Saturday, December 30, at 4PM. At that time the church will offer the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a service first put together in England in 1918 and now used throughout the world in a wide variety of churches. The meetinghouse will be decorated with evergreens for this special service on the Fifth Day of Christmas. Visitors are advised to come early to secure a good seat!

Continue reading for more information about the lessons and music that you will hear.

Carols ancient and modern will accompany traditional lessons from the Old and New Testaments telling the Biblical story of Christmas, read by members of the congregation. Beginning with a medieval text, “Adam lay y bounden,” the Dennysville Festival Choir will lead familiar carols including “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” from New Hampshire, the Latin carol “On This Day, Earth Shall Ring,” John Jacob Niles’s “I Wonder as I Wander,” a Catalan carol, and Herbert Howell’s “A Spotless Rose,” illuminating prophecies from the Hebrew scriptures. A traditional Slavic text “Bogoroditse Djevo” introduces the announcement of the birth of Jesus to Mary by the angel Gabriel, followed by the lullaby “Hush, my Dear, Lie Still and Slumber,” with carols celebrating the nativity by David Willcocks, “Starry Night o’er Bethlehem,” the joyous “In Dulci Jubilo,” and "The Lord of the Dance" with words by Sydney Carter and others. The congregation joins in singing favorites.

Dennysville in the snow, date unknown (possibly 1920-1940). The image shows houses belonging to the Gardner and Kilby fa...
12/19/2023

Dennysville in the snow, date unknown (possibly 1920-1940). The image shows houses belonging to the Gardner and Kilby families. Note the elm trees, now gone.

As you approach Dennysville from the south on Route 1, you will see a bridge off to the east.  Here's a photo of the cre...
12/04/2023

As you approach Dennysville from the south on Route 1, you will see a bridge off to the east. Here's a photo of the crew that built the bridge over Hobart Stream, Edmunds, in 1926.

For more images of the bridge and its construction, visit the DRHS website at https://bit.ly/47JKMGe

Join us on Tuesday, November 28 at 7 PM at the Lincoln Library in Dennysville to explore our new interactive map and web...
11/26/2023

Join us on Tuesday, November 28 at 7 PM at the Lincoln Library in Dennysville to explore our new interactive map and website. The meeting will start with a summary of the program about the map that took place recently at the University of Maine at Machias. This will be followed by an in-depth presentation that shows map users how to investigate the Dennys River watershed and its history over 9,000 years.

For a sneak peak at the website and map, visit https://dennysriverhistory.org/.

Discover. Preserve. Share. The Dennys River has served for over 9000 years as a seventeen-mile corridor linking the inland community of the ancestral Passamaquoddy tribe at Meddybemps to Cobscook Bay […]

Hunting season is upon us. The photo shows hunters from an earlier time, probably the 1930s or 1940s.  Do you know any o...
11/05/2023

Hunting season is upon us. The photo shows hunters from an earlier time, probably the 1930s or 1940s. Do you know any of these men?

10/31/2023

The Merrill Library on the University of Maine at Machias Campus will host a discussion on the making of the Dennys River Historical Society's interactive story map Discovering the Dennys: A River Through Time. The project traces the history of the Dennys River through the past 9,000 Years. Members of the team that created this interactive map and narrative a reality will discuss the research and mapping skills that made this project possible.
Join us in Merrill Library on Friday, November 3, 2023 at 3 pm to learn more about the geology, people, and industries that have sustained and nurtured life on the Dennys for over 9,000 years. All are welcome.
Presenters
Dr. Colin J.C. Windhorst, DRHS Project Director
Dr. Tora Johnson, University of Maine at Machias
Dr. James Oberly, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Louise Merriam, Archivist for the Dennys River Historical Society
Patricia Tilton, University of Maine, Student Intern/Data Scientist
To join via Zoom, please register in advance with the Merrill Library at:
https://maine.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_r08-c11RSmK7PcSWD_9wLA

A surprising number of structures in Dennysville were moved from one location to another.  Here's a house that once belo...
10/26/2023

A surprising number of structures in Dennysville were moved from one location to another. Here's a house that once belonged to A.L.R. Gardner and was moved after his death. Some said the move was engineered by A.L.R.'s adult sons so they could keep an eye on their mother after their father's death. Learn more about this house on our website at: https://dennysriverhistory.org/entry/?folder_id=3f2aee20-1109-11ee-8eac-4ba087740a8e&page_number=1&entry_id=6be61b70-cf27-11ed-938e-efa221cf1d69

Kris Paprocki demonstrates a violin made by Captain William E. Leighton of Pembroke in 1913 at the Historical Society's ...
10/26/2023

Kris Paprocki demonstrates a violin made by Captain William E. Leighton of Pembroke in 1913 at the Historical Society's regular monthly meeting in Dennysville's Lincoln Library on October 24, playing New England fiddle tunes and Civil War songs to an enraptured audience.

May we give you a tour?  DRHS President Ron Windhorst greets visitors from Machias to see the exhibit entitled "Ancestra...
10/26/2023

May we give you a tour? DRHS President Ron Windhorst greets visitors from Machias to see the exhibit entitled "Ancestral Passamaquoddy on the Dennys River" at the Academy Vestry Museum this week, arranged by Stephanie (Dennison) Larrabee and her husband, with Carlene Holmes and Bruce Bacon. Hurry! if you want to see the exhibit, which will be open only through the end of October. Call the Historical Society at 726-3905 for more information.

Hear a Pembroke Treasure!  Join us for a concert of New England Fiddle Tunes and Civil War songs performed on the newly ...
10/16/2023

Hear a Pembroke Treasure! Join us for a concert of New England Fiddle Tunes and Civil War songs performed on the newly restored 1903 Leighton Violin by Kris Paprocki on Tuesday evening, October 24 at 7 p.m. at Dennysville's Lincoln Memorial Library. Pembroke Historical Society Curator Susan Sanfilippo will present a brief biography illustrating the life and work of Captain William E. Leighton, inventor, Civil War veteran, organ manufacturer, violin maker, Sardine factory owner and Justice of the Peace. Don't miss this joint presentation of the Pembroke and Dennys River Historical Societies!

DRHS President Ron Windhorst discusses Dennys River history with members of the Whiting Historical Society, (l-r) Mary-A...
10/14/2023

DRHS President Ron Windhorst discusses Dennys River history with members of the Whiting Historical Society, (l-r) Mary-Alice Look, Harold and Corey Crosby, Ed Jessiman, with his wife Dorothy and Christie Bryant at the Academy-Vestry Museum in Dennysville on October 13. The current exhibit is open by appointment through the end of the month, by calling (207) 726-3905.

Volunteer fire departments are the lifeblood of small towns everywhere.  The Dennysville Volunteer Fire  Department was ...
10/05/2023

Volunteer fire departments are the lifeblood of small towns everywhere. The Dennysville Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1949.

Harvesting ice is not something we need to do much any more. In the 19th century, before refrigeration, cutting ice from...
09/27/2023

Harvesting ice is not something we need to do much any more. In the 19th century, before refrigeration, cutting ice from ponds in winter was a major occupation. Here are some Dennys River men with a sled and horses cutting pond ice.

A postcard view of the town of Meddybemps showing the church and other structures.
09/21/2023

A postcard view of the town of Meddybemps showing the church and other structures.

Collecting postcards is a great way to preserve visual history.  Rebecca Hobart and her mother Edith had significant pos...
09/13/2023

Collecting postcards is a great way to preserve visual history. Rebecca Hobart and her mother Edith had significant postcard collections that featured Washington County, Maine, sites as well as images of other parts of Maine and the United States. This one shows Main Street in Machias in the late 1930s or early 1940s.

Do you know this man?  Join us for John P. Sheahan's Experience of the Civil War, 1862-1865, at Dennysville's Lincoln Me...
09/12/2023

Do you know this man? Join us for John P. Sheahan's Experience of the Civil War, 1862-1865, at Dennysville's Lincoln Memorial Library, on Tuesday evening, September 26, at 7 p.m. Dr. James Oberly of Perry will present the story as seen through John Sheahan's letters home to his family in Dennysville during the war. From his enlistment and training in Augusta, his experience of battle, to his capture at Petersburg, imprisonment and escape, you will hear the account in his own words. To join us by Zoom, please email the Dennys River Historical Society at [email protected] at least 24 hours prior to this presentation.
Dr. James Oberly is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and a summer resident of Perry, Maine, with his wife Louise, whose family has roots in Dennysville.

Like most towns in the Dennys River area, Dennysville, Maine once had its own high school. And, of course, it had a year...
09/06/2023

Like most towns in the Dennys River area, Dennysville, Maine once had its own high school. And, of course, it had a yearbook. Examples include the "Dentonian" in the 1950s and the "Gossip" in the 1940s.

Anyone remember these?

Surely one of the last pay phones in the Dennys River region, located in Meddybemps.
08/30/2023

Surely one of the last pay phones in the Dennys River region, located in Meddybemps.

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Dennysville, ME
04628

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