By MICHAEL SIROTA | Jan 10, 2014
Searsmont 100 years ago

Searsmont will begin its bicentennial year with a Founders Day Celebration on Wednesday February 5 at 6pm at the Searsmont Community Center, filled with food and fun, and an extra helping of history. According to Bicentennial Committee chairperson Carol Robbins, “This will begin a year made possible by dozens of volunteers who have been working for two years to make this year’s activities something that everyone – Searsmont residents of all ages, our Waldo County neighbors, summer residents and visitors – can enjoy.”

The Founders Day Celebration program will begin at 6 p.m. with a welcome from Ms. Robbins, followed by a reading of a bicentennial proclamation by Searsmont First Selectman Bruce Brierley. Searsmont native and local business owner Jim Robbins will present a concise history of the town from its early settlement and its incorporation in 1814, through its development as a road hub and mill town in the 1800’s. A slide show, replica newspaper pages from the centennial celebration of 1914, and other exhibits will also be on hand, as well as the participation of students from the town’s Ames School.

All of this leads up to the presentation of Searsmont’s bicentennial birthday cake and other celebration foods and beverages for everyone to enjoy. Bicentennial t-shirts, mugs, baseball caps, and historical calendars will be on sale, and “a special gift for everyone who attends,” said Ms. Robbins

The First Founders Day Celebration is free. For more information about the event and all of Searsmont’s Bicentennial activities throughout 2014, go to

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