UNION — The Union Historical Society’s annual Come Spring Bus Tour will depart from the Old Town House, in Union, Saturday, July 20, at 2 p.m. The tour is in conjunction with the annual Founder’s Day celebration.
The tour will last 2.5 to 3 hours and wear your walking shoes.
Alice Carroll, a descendant of Phillip Robbins, will narrate the tour.
Names of the original settlers are documented in Union town records and Ben Ames Williams recounts their lives and stories in his 1940 historical novel Come Spring.
The tour will include stops at five historic sites, four of which are located on private property and are not open to the public.
After visiting the settlers’ grave sites in the Common Cemetery on Ayer Hill, the tour stops at the cellar hole of the cabin where Philip Robbins’ large family spent a crowded winter in 1776, and then to the homestead of Robbins’ oldest son David.
A circuit ride up and over Clarry Hill will bring us to the site of the Royal Mess, which was the bachelor home of Jason Ware, Joel Adams and Matthias Hawes.
A new stop this year will be to the first settlement site in South Union and then returning to the Old Town House.
“Perhaps once you have supper you might want to join us for a silent movie in the Old Town House at 7 p.m.?” said organizers, in the release.
Tickets for the bus tour are $15 each and may be purchased by calling Mary Thompson at 207-385-4611. Your reservation will be confirmed when your payment has been received.
Since this event usually sells out, it is recommended to purchase tickets early, according to Bus Tour organizers, in a news release.