AUGUSTA — The Kennebec Historical Society’s June Presentation, “The History of the Popham Colony and the Pinnace Virginia,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at the South Parish Congregational Church, 9 Church St.

The short-lived Popham Colony, established in 1607 in what is now the coastal town of Phippsburg, was the first English settlement in New England. Englishmen set up the colony at the mouth of the Kennebec River. The colony lasted a year, after which they sailed back for England.

One of their accomplishments while in Maine was the construction of a “pretty pinnace,” a boat they named Virginia. The small sailing vessel took them back to England in 1608. The Virginia also made an Atlantic crossing in 1609 as part of a fleet.

In this presentation, Rob Stevens and Allison Hepler will discuss the history of the colony, and present-day efforts to reconstruct the Virginia in Bath. Stevens is a wooden boat builder of 35 years, and is overseeing the reconstruction of Virginia. Hepler is a history professor at the University of Maine at Farmington, and a local historian. Both are active members of Maine’s First Ship, the organization devoted to reconstructing the vessel.

For more information, call the historical society at 622-7718.

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