‘John Davidson, Belfast Founding Father’ talk at Belfast Historical Society
BELFAST — “John Davidson, Belfast Founding Father,” will be the topic of the Belfast Historical Society's meeting at 7 p.m. July 23, in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library.
Searsport Town Historian, Charlene Knox Farris, will present the story of one of Belfast's earliest settlers. In 1770, John Davidson, age 19, moved his young family from Londonderry, NH to their new home in the wilds of Maine. His father had purchased the land in East Belfast that would eventually become Moose Point State Park. A copy of the journal that Davidson kept will form the basis of Farris' talk. In it he describes the hardships and successes Davidson and his bride experienced.
Joining the program will be Megan Pinette, Belfast Historical Society president who will present "The Early Settlers-the Scots-Irish Take Root" a look at the lives and experiences of the original inhabitants. 2018 marks the 300th anniversary of the coming of the Scots-Irish to New England. Belfast was founded by descendants of these settlers, who in 1768, purchased an estimated fifteen thousand acres for twenty cents per acre.
Belfast Historical Society meetings are free and open to the public and are held April through October. For our program schedule and museum news, www.belfastmuseum.org.