BELFAST — “Richard Stimpson, Early Settler and Surveyor” will be the presentation of the Belfast Historical Society’s meeting Monday, July 22, at 7 p.m., in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library.
Charlene Knox Farris, Searsport Town Historian, will give a talk about Richard Stimpson, one of Searsport’s earliest settlers, who played an important role in Belfast’s history.
Working as a surveyor in 1768, he not only laid out the original plan of Belfast but was also commissioned to survey the first road which connected Fort Pownal in Stockton Springs with Fort St. George in Thomaston. In return for his services rendered that year, he was entitled to choose one hundred acres of land on any part of the route.
Charlene’s father was also a local historian and she will be using some of his “original” information about Stimpson to add to her talk.
Belfast Historical Society meetings are open to the public and are held April through October. For its 2019 program schedule and museum news, visit www.belfastmuseum.org.