The sun shone brightly for the 6th Annual Frye Mountain Heritage Tour, sponsored by the Montville Historical Society.

Almost 140 people turned out Sept. 28 to ride in horse-drawn wagons along dirt roads, past old foundations, to learn the history of a community that no longer exists.

Six ‘teamsters’ from various communities, who donate their time every year, provided wagons and horse teams for transportation. The warm sunny day, the stories of people and a time long past, and even the bumpy ride, all worked to create a delightful, fun-filled event.

Now a state game preserve, Frye Mountain was once home to a community of Montville, Morrill and Knox families. Most of the farms were purchased by the federal government in the late 1930s.

The annual wagon tours travel past marked sites of old farms, schools and cemeteries. Local volunteers provide narratives about the places and the people who lived on the mountain. Some participants also shared their own stories.

Six wagons from five farms participated. Elmin Mitchell of Montville, organizer and coordinator of the teamsters, drove a wagon pulled by his Belgian horses. Waikerie Farm in Troy supplied two wagons, one driven by Paula Leavitt and the other by Katherine Raven, pulled by Spotted Draft and Percheron horses.

Ken Lamson and Adrienne Lee of The New Beat in Knox drove their Percheron and Belgian horses. Robin Robinson, who operates Nostalgic Limo Horse and Carriage Service in Dover Foxcroft, drove a wagon pulled by his Clydesdales. Clayton Larrabee of Knox drove his wagon, pulled by his Belgian horses.