Remembering the Kennebunks

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  • Copyright: 2009-06-24
  • Publisher: History Pr
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The Kennebunks the phrase evokes peace, ocean breezes and small-town pride. In this captivating collection of vignettes, Kennebunk town historian Kathleen Ostrander reveals another side of the area's allure: its rich and varied past. From an account of the amateur astronomer whose name now graces the Bates College Observatory to the origins of Kennebunk's encyclopedic Walker Diaries, Ostrander offers a tour of the area's historical highlights. She notes the mysterious creature once said to live near the mouth of the Kennebunk River, treasures hidden in fireplaces and under floorboards and the scandalous murder trial of 1866, during which the wife of deceased doctor, drunk and temperance supporter Charles Swett was imprisoned on the testimony of her own daughter. Through quirky tales and serious sketches, Ostrander offers an affectionate portrait of the Kennebunks sure to charm and inform.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
The Baxter Biblep. 9
The House that Sankp. 11
The Furbish Twinsp. 14
Buckskin Samp. 16
Hidden in the Fireplacep. 18
The Way Way Shopp. 20
The Butland Homesteadp. 22
Fought with John Paul Jonesp. 24
Hometown Baseball Starsp. 27
Romance of the Sawdustp. 30
Fear in 1940p. 33
Elias Hutchins-The Old Sailorp. 36
The 27th Mainep. 39
Drakes Islandp. 40
Sea Creatures of New England Watersp. 43
Old Betp. 46
Roscoe Stephens and His Telescopep. 48
Scandinavian Influencep. 50
Days of Prohibitionp. 53
Civil War Storyp. 55
The Walker Diariesp. 59
Boon Islandp. 61
The Witch's Gravep. 64
The KKK in Mainep. 66
The Murder of Dr. Swettp. 69
Tragic Death of Lizzie Bournep. 71
The Doc Snow Gangp. 73
The Cat Millp. 75
The King's Markerp. 77
The Real Scarlet Letterp. 80
Keeping Up with Madelyn Marxp. 81
Nelson Wentworthp. 84
Robert Canney Sr.p. 87
The Loss of the Thresherp. 90
Two Mysteries in Eliotp. 92
The Alfred Jailp. 94
Twelve o'Clock Highp. 96
Vision of Marsp. 99
Slavery in Mainep. 101
Witch Trot Landp. 103
William Barryp. 105
The Kennebunkport Playhousep. 109
The Saco Drive-In Theatrep. 111
Captain James Fairfieldp. 114
If Trees Could Talkp. 117
Labor Day Rememberedp. 118
Our Native American Historyp. 120
Remedies and Afflictionsp. 122
Odd Sayings and Their Originsp. 124
About the Authorp. 127
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