BRUNSWICK — Two walking tours will give residents a new perspective on some of the town’s most well known sites this Sunday.
The Pejepscot Historical Society has been hosting informal walking tours around town and through their museums since the early 1960s, but a year ago they began holding them almost every weekend. Both the Women’s History Walking Tour and the Federal Street Walking Tour held this weekend will explore areas of Brunswick residents and tourists might not know much about.
“The two (tours) coming up go out into the community and they are all outdoors,” said Rebecca Roche, site manager for the Pejepscot Historical Society. “The Women’s History Tour goes up Federal Street and onto the college campus and a little bit on Maine Street while the Federal Street Walking Tour is primarily Federal Street.”
The Women’s History tour is based on a booklet that was published in the 1990s depicting the history of prominent women in Brunswick. The two loops of the tour cover sites such as the Hawthorne School, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s home on Federal Street, First Parish Church, Pine Grove Cemetery and more.
“They all have ties to women who were very prominent in town,” said Roche.
The first loop features some of Brunswick’s more famous daughters such as Stowe and the wives of the explorers Donald Baxter MacMillan and Robert Peary while the second features women who have left a lasting impression on the community including Phebe Lord Upham, who inspired Stowe to pen “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”
The Federal Street Walking Tour focuses on a similar area, but hones in on the architectural work of Felix A. Burton who designed many of the buildings along the street including the Hawthorne School.
Both tours begin at the Pejepscot Historical Society, 159 Park Row in Brunswick at 1 p.m. Admission is $2 in advance and $4 the day of the tour and the tours are free to members of the historical society. For more information or to schedule a tour call 729-6606.