Memorial Day celebration planned at Dresden’s historic courthouse

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Civil War re-enactors commemorate veterans at the Pownalborough Courthouse Cemetery in Dresden. Photo submitted

The Lincoln County Historical Association will hold its annual Memorial Day celebration at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30, at the Pownalborough Courthouse Parade Ground Flagpole, 23 Courthouse Drive in Dresden.

Members of Dresden Masonic Lodge 103, assisted by the Colonial Maine Living History Association, will conduct the honors program. After being called to order at 11 a.m., those assembled will walk up the forest road to the courthouse cemetery. The veteran soldiers of the three wars will be remembered through spoken words and the laying of bouquets on the graves. Everyone will then return to the mast for the raising of the colors for all personnel, followed by a gun salute given by the history association.

Everyone is welcome to stay after the ceremonies are over and walk around the grounds of the Pownalborough Courthouse. They can walk on the nature trail, following the high bank of the Kennebec River through an old stand of white pines. They can explore the network of trails across Route 128, bring a picnic, and maybe spot one of the historic site’s resident bald eagles.

To celebrate the start of a new summer season, the Courthouse will be open to the public free of charge shortly after the ceremony for all who wish to visit this building.

Tours operate from Memorial Day through Indigenous Peoples Day. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Admission will be $10, except for Memorial Day and Saturday, June 4, when admission is free.

The Lincoln County Historical Association is a nonprofit organization that stewards the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1761 Pownalborough Courthouse in Dresden, and the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset.

For more information, visit lincolncountyhistory.org as well as Facebook: Lincoln County Historical Association (Maine) or Pownalborough Court House Museum.

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