The Rangeley Historical Society will present Rangeley’s First Settlers: Jude Lamb in a one-woman show about Eunice Lakeman Hoar at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the RFA Lakeside Theater, 2493 Main St. in Rangeley.

Eunice Lakeman married Luther Hoar in 1799. In 1817 they traveled with their nine children, on foot, from the Avon area to what is now called Rangeley Lake in Maine. They were the first white family to settle on Rangeley Lake.

Their story is traditionally told from the male point of view with Luther as the heroic pioneer. Luther was indeed a pioneer, settling in the Maine wilderness. But he could not have taken nine children, including a baby and toddlers, on that journey without the help, direction and partnership of a strong woman.

Jude’s portrayal of her great-great-great-great-grandmother is created from a lifetime of hearing the family story, and years of research and study in genealogy, history and the society of the early 19th century.

Tickets will cost $7 for historical society members or $10 non-members. Proceeds will benefit the historical society’s museums and programs. Tickets are available at the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum, Route 17, in Oquossoc or at the door beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Rangeley Friends of the Arts at 864-5000 or visit

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