Farris proves legend to be true June 11

Jun 03, 2019

The Searsport Historical Society will hold its Tuesday, June 11, meeting at 7 p.m. in the First Congregational Church's Curtis Hall on Church Street. The guest speaker will be Searsport Town Historian Charlene Knox Farris.

Her topic is "Proving the Legend of the Searsport Civil War Monument to be True!"

The monument, erected on what was known as Monument Triangle, where Goodell Street and Mt. Ephraim Road met, stood in that spot from 1870 until 1896 when it was moved to its present location in front of the Masonic Hall in downtown Searsport. The front marble side was engraved with the words "A tribute to our citizens who fought in defense of the Union, 1861 - 1865." The other three sides were blank.

Early in her efforts to learn the history of Searsport to share with her fifth-grade classes, Farris began to hear a "legend" from older citizens claiming that the names of soldiers who died from Searsport in the Civil War were actually hidden on the back sides of those blank marble tablets. Farris proved the legend to be true. In 1990 she got the sides turned around. Come to the meeting and find out how she did that.

As always, meeting are open to the public at no charge. Refreshments and fellowship follow the meeting.


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