Mrs. Clara Mathews, widow of Sanford H. Mathews, one of the founders of Mathews Brothers Company, may be spotted on Main Street this summer. Patricia Estabrook from All About Games, a first-person interpreter, is appearing in character as Mrs. Mathews, engaging passers-by with stories of Belfast during the summer of 1900. Her schedule for August is Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon; and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Estabrook, dressed in period clothing of the late 19th century, will be approaching visitors and asking them to join her on her walk as she makes her way into various downtown stores. As they stroll, she will give her guests a peek into the history of Belfast and describe to them what life was like during the late 19th century. At the end of her walk, she will encourage participants to visit the Belfast Museum where, after light refreshments, they will receive a guided tour of the museum with curator Megan Pinette.

What makes this experience a truly special one is the real-life Belfast character Estabrook portrays. By 1899, after the deaths of Noah, Spencer and Sanford Mathews, Clara Starrett Mathews — sometime called “Clarrie” — along with her daughter Maude and daughter-in-law Addie, had become the company officers. At that time, Mathews Brothers was the largest business in Maine to be owned by solely by women. As “Clara” tells her story and the story of Mathews Brothers, Estabrook breathes life into this portrayal.

This project is a collaboration of the Belfast Historical Society and Museum, All About Games and Mathews Brothers Company. For more information, call the museum at 338-9229.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or