a critical location in Midcoast Maine’s defense during the Revolutionary War

Archaeologist Harbour Mitchell to discuss more findings of Merryspring Nature Center study

Merryspring, the Militiamen, and the Penobscots

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    CAMDEN — Archaeologist Harbour Mitchell returns to discuss more his findings during a study at Merryspring Nature Center, Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 12 p.m., at the Nature Center.

    Merryspring Nature Center is home to Midcoast Maine’s rarest archaeology, according to Merryspring, in a news release. The Elisha Gibbs Homestead Site, only just discovered in 2018, dates to Camden’s earliest settlement – the 1770s. The Elisha Gibbs Homestead Site represents not only the earliest European settlement in Camden and Rockport, but a critical period when a small Continental militia force, and a few Penobscot warriors, might well have been all that stood between the British and southern New England.

    In this talk, Harbour Mitchell will discuss his archaeological efforts at the Elisha Gibbs Homestead Site, how he came to believe it is what it is, why he believes it is where it is, and why he believes it was critical to Midcoast Maine’s defense during the Revolutionary War.

    Harbour Mitchell’s archaeological career extends nearly 30 years and includes working for the University of Maine, the Maine Historic Preservation Commission in Augusta, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, and professional archaeological contractors throughout the region. His research continues today as private efforts in Midcoast Maine.

    This lecture is part of the Winter Talk series at Merryspring, sponsored by Allen Insurance and Financial.

    Admission to Tuesday talks is $5, with free admission for members of Merryspring.


    Merryspring is a community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round.

    The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza.

    For more information on this program, contact info@merryspring.org or call 207-236-2239.


    Event Date: 

    Tue, 02/25/2020 - 12:00pm

    Event Location: 

    Merryspring Nature Center


    Merryspring Nature Center
    Camden  Maine
    United States