BELFAST — “The Maple Grove Campground” will be the presentation of the Belfast Historical Society’s meeting, Monday, June 24, at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library.
Ray Seamans, local historian, will give an illustrated talk about Maple Grove Campground, once located on the western shore of Cain Pond, in Searsport. It was the site of traditional religious camp meetings beginning in 1880.
Edgar F. Hanson of Belfast was a founder and became the principal shareholder in 1884. In 1906 there were 21 cottages, a boarding house with accommodations for thirty guests and a 750-seat auditorium on the property. People came from all over the area to hear local or traveling preachers. Fire destroyed most of the buildings in 1928, what was not burned fell into disrepair.
Belfast Historical Society meetings are open to the public and are held April through October.
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