Cumberland County to celebrate 250 years

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PORTLAND — The 250th anniversary of the creation of Cumberland and Lincoln counties will be the cause for celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Cumberland County Courthouse.

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at noon in the courthouse rotunda.

Period re-enactments will entertain history buffs, including a traditional procession led by Lincoln County Sheriff Todd Brackett in period garb.

Proclamations from the governor and other elected officials will be read, including a special proclamation read by “Royal Gov. Pownall.”

The celebration will also include the unveiling of newly restored historical documents.

One of the documents is a 25-square-foot framed parchment map of Cumberland County dating back to 1857. Additionally, a copy of the 9-square-foot original proclamation separating the two counties will be presented.

Jay Robbins, president of the Lincoln County Historical Association, and Portland historian Herb Adams will address the crowd.

Music will be provided by Portland country-rock band North of Nashville, and the color guards from the Cumberland and Lincoln County sheriff’s departments will perform.

A light lunch will also be served.

For more information or to confirm attendance at the event, please contact Barbara Buckley at 871-8380 or buckley@cumberlandcounty.org.

Heather Gunther can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 115 or hgunther@theforecaster.net.

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