Night of the Jack O’Lanterns at Narramissic | Arts & Culture

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Night of the Jack O’Lanterns at Narramissic

The Bridgton Historical Society has invited members and the public to its annual Night of the Jack O’Lanterns at Narramissic, the historic Peabody-Fitch Farm Saturday, October 23, from 3:30 to dusk.  Bring a pumpkin to carve, or buy one from the society.  As darkness falls, the Jack O’ Lanterns will be set up in the field and lit in a spectacular display.  Visitors can also enjoy hot chocolate and treats, and warm themselves by a small campfire.  There is no charge for admission to the event.

Tours of the house will be available by request, and a special added attraction this year will be a reproduction nineteenth-century coffin in the parlor.  The society will also present an informal discussion of home funerals and 19th-century funerary practices.  The coffin was made by Chuck Lakin, from Waterville, who became interested in home funerals after the death of his father.  He makes simple wooden coffins, many of which are designed to be used as furniture until they are needed for their final use.

Naramissic, the Peabody-Fitch House, was built in 1797, but it is presented for the most part as it was in the 1850s, on the eve of the Civil War.  The parlor, in mourning, is much as it might have been after the death of George Fitch, then the head of the household, in 1856.   The Bridgton Historical Society also operates an archives and museum in the former fire station on Gibbs Avenue in downtown Bridgton. The museum and archives are open Wednesday and Friday mornings this fall, and  by appointment. Narramissic, located on Ingalls Road, off route 107 in South Bridgton, is an historic house museum and a venue for events and workshops that further an appreciation of early American life. With over 20 acres of fields, it sits on one of the highest points of land in town, with spectacular views to the north and west.  For further information contact the Bridgton Historical Society at PO box 44, Bridgton, ME 04009, (207) 647-3699, visit http://www.bridgtonhistory.org/, or email info@bridgtonhistory.org.

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