2016-02-26 / Community

Brown Bag Lunch Series session set for March 3

Local author Joseph Hardy will discuss his book, “History of a Maine ‘Little River’” at Kennebunk Free Library on Thursday, March 3, from noon to 1 p.m. in Hank’s Room. The Brown Bag Lunch Series is an opportunity for the community to connect with local authors in an intimate, casual setting.

Many New England communities have a Little River. Today, they may seem insignificant, but during earlier centuries free flowing streams provided innumerable sites for industry, especially sawmills, grist mills, fulling mills, and carding mills. These enterprises were small-scale, but their role in the growth and prosperity of the larger community was huge.

The book is about one such Little River, which happens to be situated in Wells. It presents the changing landscape during the time of the last continental glacier, and the ensuing cultures of the native inhabitants.

Hardy describes the period of European settlement in the 17th century, and the agricultural lifestyle dominant during the 18th and 19th centuries. Along the way, the reader encounters a ferryman, a millwright, a surveyor, several farmers, millers, shopkeepers, a sea captain, and finally the well heeled summer visitors who came to southern Maine courtesy of the railroad.

The program is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit www.kennebunklibrary.org or call 985-2173.

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