Temple Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the Town Hall on Temple Road.

Those who attend can learn about the connection between an apple that originated in Temple on the farm of one Cyrus Deane in the 19th century and the underground railroad that provided safe houses to 19th century slaves as they made their way to the Canadian border and freedom. Participants also will get to taste the “Deane” apple, aka the “Nine Ounce” apple.

A 20-minute video, produced by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association about the Maine Heritage Orchard in Unity, will be shown as well. The orchard is home to approximately 150 apple varieties that originated in Maine, many of which were thought “lost but not forgotten” and, obviously found.

Those who have a “wild/antique” growing on their land or in their neighborhood are invited to share a taste of it with those attending the talk. For those unable to attend the talk, there is a small exhibit about the Deane apple on display through October in the Town Hall.

For more information, call 778-2021.


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