READFIELD — Three Readfield historical presentations will be offered this spring by Dale Potter-Clark through Maranacook Adult and Community Education. All will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Maranacook Community High School.
The first in the series, “The Day Readfield Corner Burned,” is planned for March 15. Readfield Corner was once a bustling business center where groceries, shoes, clothing, millinery, hardware, carriages, coffins and gravestones could be purchased. Readfield Telephone Company was also located at Readfield Corner as well as a Masonic Hall, a hotel, taverns, blacksmiths and liveries. In this presentation participants can learn more about the village of long ago and about the day it all changed.
The second presentation, “Was the Underground Railroad Really in Readfield?” is slated for April 25. It has been proven that the Underground Railroad was in Winthrop, Farmington and Jay, so why not Readfield? In this presentation Potter-Clark will share some of the clues she has unearthed in researching families and homes that existed in 19th century Readfield that led her to believe if, when and where the Underground Railroad passed through town. Participants are welcome to bring and share their own clues and ideas.
The last presentation, on May 31, is “The Founders and Evolution of Summer Resorts & Kids Camps.” Potter-Clark will first give a presentation about the process of researching and writing the book, by the same title, which she and co-author Charles L. Day Jr. released in 2016. Potter-Clark will also read from the book, followed by a book signing.
Cost is $12.50 per class, or $30 for all three. Proceeds from the classes will help fund the creation and placement of historical site markers in Readfield.
To register, call 685-4923, ext. 1065, or visit maranacook.maineadulted.org.