The Lincoln County Historical Association Presents

Pig Picture

" Kermess 2018" at the
Pownalborough Court House
BBQ & Blues

on Sunday July 22, 2018
5:00 PM

  with music by Matt & the Barnburners


Thank you to our sponsors!!

The Lincoln County Historical Association is holding our third annual "Kermess,” at the Pownalborough Court House. Kermess is a Dutch word for an outdoor fundraising festival, and we have planned a delicious event to raise funds for LCHA’s building maintenance and educational activities. We’ll have:

  • music by Matt and the Barnburners
  • raffle tickets for local restaurants
  • a cake walk
  • and a live auction of ‘experiential’ items
Court House Phot

Designed by Boston architect Gershom Flagg and built in 1761 by the Kennebec Proprietors for the newly created Lincoln County, Massachutsetts, the Pownalborough Court House received such notable visitors as John Adams, Benedict Arnold, Robert Treat Paine, William Cushing, Reverend Jacob Bailey and two future Massachusetts governors: David Sewall and James Sullivan. Numerous trials were held here, including that of Judge North which was featured in the Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Midwife's Tale by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, based on the diary of local resident Martha Ballard (1735-1812).

The Court House also served as a tavern, a place for church services, a dancing school, and as the Dresden Post Office from 1807-1855. In addition to its vital role in the legal history of Lincoln County and Maine, the Court House was a family home. From 1761 - when Captain Samuel Goodwin, an original Kennebec Proprietor and captain of the guard at Fort Shirley, moved his family from the guardhouse into the Court House - until 1954, his descendants used the building as a house.