The Lincoln County Historical Association invites families and individuals to celebrate International Picnic Day, a bit early, on the weekend of June 16-17, Father’s Day. Pack a lunch and enjoy the meal on the grounds of one of the LCHA historic sites (no alcoholic beverages, please).

The grounds at each of the association’s sites have their own unique ambience. At the Chapman-Hall House (1754) one can imagine the ship yards that existed along the river over a century ago. Or imagine what downtown Damariscotta looked like when a good piece of it was Nathaniel Chapman’s front yard.

The Pownalborough Court House (1761) not only has lovely lawn space and shade trees, but also boasts picnic tables and walking trails, complete with a view of the Kennebec River. Brochures are available providing details on the trails.

If Wiscasset is your destination of choice, bring a blanket to the Old Jail (1811) and Museum. The extensive lawn area offers high ground from which to watch the Sheepscot River wind its way past the Old Jail on its way through town and out to the ocean. One also can enjoy a spot under the trees, and reflect, looking at the huge granite block walls of the jail, on why one would not want to be imprisoned there.

Each site will be open offering tours that weekend from noon to 4 p.m. The Court House opens on Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Admission will cost $5. Fathers and children 16 and younger are admitted free, as are LCHA members.

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