Heritage Trail to recount Freeport history

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FREEPORT — The unveiling of the Freeport Heritage Trail will take place at the Old First Parish Meetinghouse on Lower Main Street and Meetinghouse Road at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17.

Christina White, executive director of the Freeport Historical Society, said 17 signs will depict photographs and descriptive stories of notable people, significant structures, landscapes and events. The signs will be placed along Main Street and in the Flying Point Road area.

In addition to the information posted on the signs, visitors can listen to podcasts that relate to each location. Residents with a personal connection to the historical sites have narrated the podcasts, which will be accessible by smart phones or through the organization’s website.

Earle Shettleworth, state historian and director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission; Kathryn Smith, chairwoman of board of advisers of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; Erik Jorgensen, director of the Maine Humanities Council, and White are expected to speak at the event.

The project was funded by a $4,400 grant provided by the Maine Humanities Council and private donations from the community.

The Historical Society plans to provide more signs in North and South Freeport in the future.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson.