2017-08-11 / Ticket

19th Century toys on exhibit at Pownalborough Court House

The Times Record


A RARE COMPLETE SET OF PUNCH AND JUDY PUPPETS (Germany c. 1900) from a special exhibit of toys at the Pownalborough Court House will welcome visitors from now until Columbus Day. 
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO A RARE COMPLETE SET OF PUNCH AND JUDY PUPPETS (Germany c. 1900) from a special exhibit of toys at the Pownalborough Court House will welcome visitors from now until Columbus Day. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO DRESDEN

Maine’s only Pre-Revolutionary court house will showcase a new exhibit of children’s toys. The Pownalborough Court House, which served as a family home in addition to its role in the legal history of Lincoln County and Maine, is open to visitors until Columbus Day.

The family of Kennebec Proprietor Captain Samuel Goodwin and his descendants lived in the building from 1761 until 1954. LCHA volunteers Faye Snyder and Perry Palmer, both historians and collectors, were inspired to create the special toy exhibit by a painting of the Hooper children, Alice and Harrie, who lived in the house in the mid-1800s. Snyder and Palmer added to the museum’s collection, located in an upstairs bedroom, with toys, books, games and dolls from their own collections.

Pownalborough Court House on Courthouse Road off route 128 in Dresden is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during August; from Sept. 1 until Columbus Day it is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults. Children 16 and under and LCHA members are free.

The Lincoln County Historical Association is a nonprofit organization that provides stewardship for the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1761 Pownalborough Court House in Dresden and the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset. For more information, visit lincolncountyhistory.org or find the Lincoln County Historical Association (Maine) on Facebook.

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