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Despite living in Montville for my entire life, and having an interest in local history, until Sunday, Oct. 16, I had never visited the Davistown Museum in Liberty. I planned to go there for months by that point, but had never brought it to fruition. On this particular day, however, my father and I found ourselves in Liberty with time to spare. The museum is located above Liberty Graphics, and to enter it you go through a door next to the store’s entrance.

Upon walking inside, you are immediately faced with a tall and steep staircase leading up two floors. We walked up the first flight and into the second story section of the museum, where we met Sett Balise, the museum’s technical supervisor. He invited us to sign the museum’s log book and look around their incredible collection of artwork and artifacts. The museum’s collections of items from both these categories is astounding.

The second floor features primarily artwork, though many relics of Davistown are to be found there, too, primarily tools. Even more impressive than the second floor, however, is the third, which features as its main exhibit a large open room filled with memorabilia of all sorts. There are several cases for the smaller items such as wampum, beads that Native Americans used for currency. Many large tools were to be found as well, such as a collection of axes. Sculptures and paintings were donated by artists throughout Maine, giving an additional layer of wonder to the exhibit.

My personal favorite piece was an arch made from stones, unsupported by any adhesive. The Davistown Museum is an incredible place, and is free to visit, though donations are welcome. I would recommend a trip there to anyone in the area. To learn more about the Davistown Museum, visit davistownmuseum.org/about.html#staff.

Notices

Neighbor for Neighbor applications are available at the Montville Town Office, online, or through Karen York. Please call 342-5544 for questions or an application. The deadline for Thanksgiving baskets is Nov. 1, and for Christmas baskets or gifts is Dec. 1.

Friends of Haystack Mountain will host a storybook hike on Sunday, Nov. 6, on the Haystack Mountain loop trail. The book is “Over in the Forest” by Marianne Berkes, which has pages spaced along the trail. The group will meet at the Roberts Field parking lot, behind the Donald Walker health center (next to Walker School) at 1 p.m.

On Nov. 15, Friends of Haystack Mountain will meet at the Liberty Town Office at 6:30 p.m. This will be a community meeting to provide information and brainstorm about future activities. Thanks to a generous donor, all donations to FOHM up to $10,000 will be matched. To learn more, go to  haystackmountainmaine.org/.