Have some fun this Halloween at the Pownalborough Court House
Judgement Day 2022
Friday October 28th and Saturday October 29th 2022, 4:30 pm to 8 pm, reserve your tickets now.
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LCHA REMEMBERS VLADIMIR LOMAKIN
Longtime Dresden resident and US Air Force Major Vladimir Lomakin passed away peacefully at the age of 84 on Wednesday, August 31, 2022. Vladimir and the entire Lomakin family have long been passionately connected to the Pownalborough Court House, living just next door to the austere building. For more than sixty years, the Lomakins have shared in the stewardship of the Court House. This included the often frustrating task of listening to the Court House alarm beeping throughout the night before an LCHA volunteer could check on the building; reconstruction and renovation after two lightning strikes; the construction of the pergola alongside the Court House (built by Vladimir’s late son); and countless other efforts.
LCHA joins Vladimir’s family, friends, and acquaintances in remembering Vladimir’s life and legacy and offers our condolences to the entire Lomakin family.
The Lincoln County Historical Association (LCHA) was founded in 1954 by noted local artist Mildred Burrage. Our mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Lincoln County, Maine, which once extended from Brunswick to Canada. Key to our work is the stewardship of three historic buildings: the 1761 Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, the 1811 Old Jail in Wiscasset, and the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta.
Our three museums feature collections of textiles and costumes, tools, furniture, baskets, housewares, photographs, maps, manuscripts, and other ephemera that help to tell Lincoln County’s stories. The buildings, with the help of our docents, also tell real human stories, of law and order, crimes and punishments, and the lives of residents as our towns became settled communities.
1761 POWNALBOROUGH COURTHOUSE DRESDEN
Designed by Boston architect Gershom Flagg and built in 1761 by the Kennebec Proprietors for the newly created Lincoln County, 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).
1811 OLD JAIL WISCASSETT
The 1811 Old Lincoln County Jail in Wiscasset, with attached 1839 Jailer’s House, offers visitors a rare view into an earlier criminal justice system and the lives of the people who enforced and endured it. Displays in the front parlor and dining room change year by year, but the 19th century kitchen, where the jailer’s wife had to cook for up to 50 prisoners in addition to her own family, is always on view. Visitors leave with a real sense of the hard work that came with being the jailer’s family, the hard life of the prisoners and the odd juxtaposition of family life and criminal incarceration.
1754 CHAPMAN-HALL HOUSE DAMARISCOTTA
Built in 1754 by housewright Nathaniel Chapman, of Ipswich, MA, the residence is not only the oldest building remaining in Damariscotta, but is also considered one of the oldest standing homes in the State of Maine. Chapman constructed the residence at the age of 51 and lived there until his death, at age 101, in 1804. The people who first lived in this house would have been subjects of the King of England because the house was built nearly twenty-five years before the Revolutionary War.