Civil War reenactors commemorate war veterans at the Pownalborough Court House cemetery in Dresden. Submitted photo

Lincoln County Historical Association will host its annual observance of Memorial Day at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the flagpole on the parade ground of the Pownalborough Court House, 23 Courthouse Drive in Dresden.

Members of Dresden Masonic Lodge 103, assisted by Colonial Maine Living History Association, will lead the program of honor. After being called to order at 11 a.m., the gathered will proceed up the woods road to the Court House cemetery. Veteran soldiers of three wars will be remembered through spoken words and the placing of bouquets upon the graves. Everyone will then return to the flagpole for the raising of Colors to full staff, followed by a gun salute given by history association.

Everyone is invited to stay on after the conclusion of the ceremonies and stroll the grounds of the Pownalborough Court House. They can walk on the nature trail, following along the high bank of the Kennebec River through a an old stand of white pine. They can explore the trail system across Route 128, bring a picnic lunch, and perhaps catch a glimpse of one of the historic site’s resident bald eagles.

To celebrate the beginning of a new summer season, the Court House will be open free to the public shortly after the ceremony for all who would like a tour of this building.

Tours are held from Memorial Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Admission will cost $10 except for Memorial Day and Saturday, June 4, when admission is free.

Lincoln County Historical Association is a non-profit organization that provides stewardship for the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1761 Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, and the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset.

For more information, visit lincolncountyhistory.org as well as Facebook: Lincoln County Historical Association (Maine) or Pownalborough Court House Museum.

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