SOUTH THOMASTON — Thursday, July 11, the Wessaweskeag Historical Society will hold its evening of “good food and great speakers” The Pot Luck Supper, which begins at 6 p.m., will be followed by this month’s program, starting at 7 p.m., in the Society’s meeting room just behind the South Thomaston Library at the corner of Rt. 73 and Dublin Road.
The public is invited to join for both the program and for the potluck.
This month’s speaker is Anne Perkins, who is co-chair of the Landscape Committee at the General Henry Knox Museum, ‘Montpelier,’ in Thomaston. Perkins will present the research that went into the landscape plans and their evolution, as well as speak about 18th century landscape design in broad terms.
As co-chair, Perkins has studied much of the literature regarding 18th and 19th century garden design in England, France, and North America, and has traveled extensively, visiting historic homes and gardens here in the United States. These studies have informed her contributions to the plans for the landscaping of the grounds of the Museum.
Perkins has been growing things since she was a child, according to the Historical Society, in a news release. As a professional vegetable, culinary herb, fruit, and cut flower grower, she farms at Headacre Farm in Owls Head, as well as at her historic home in Thomaston.
She sells her produce to local restaurants, chefs, her farm share customers, and at local farmers markets through her business, One Black Sheep, LLC.
She also designs gardens that integrate annual and perennial plants, vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs through her design business, ‘Gardens of Use & Delight.’
She has gardened her way across North America, from Florida to Alaska, California to Maine.
The Wessaweskeag Historical Society was founded three decades ago and is a nonprofit, charitable organization anchored in South Thomaston. It maintains an archives and museum contiguous to the town’s public library, hosts monthly potluck suppers and heritage programming available to the public.
The Society also hosts the annual Heritage Day, sponsors local historic preservation and cooperates the kindred community organizations.
Higher education for local youth is supported through the Society’s scholarship program.