7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
For over 140 years the moonlight ax murder of two Norwegian women on the rocky Isles of Shoals has haunted New England. Popular historian and lecturer J. Dennis Robinson cuts through the hoaxes, lies, rumors, and fiction surrounding the infamous trial and execution of handsome 28-year old Louis Wagner, who claimed he was innocent. You will hear about the role of South Berwick's George Yeaton, the prosecutor, who lived on Academy Street; the murderer's arraignment on Main Street; and the vibrant history of life on the Seacoast in the 1870s.Read more...
Looking for roots? Want to explore a 300-year-old town? Discover the stories within South Berwick's historic cemeteries, using the Old Berwick Historical Society cemetery database!
South Berwick's five community cemeteries span almost four centuries, from the 1600s to the present day. Rich with history, they are peaceful, interesting places to stroll, as well as being a repository of historical facts and a means to honor hundreds of our veterans. The Town of South Berwick provides only minimal maintenance for cemeteries. The Old Berwick Historical Society is therefore grateful to the volunteers who maintain these irreplaceable community landmarks. READ MORE.
Ginny Alterio and Pat Laska
Capping a successful fundraising campaign this year, a new 40-foot-tall flagpole has been installed at the Counting House Museum.
On Monday, December 7, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5744 gathered with historical society members to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor and dedicate a new flagpole by the bridge between Maine and New Hampshire on Route 4. Ethan Martin of Marshwood High School sang the national anthem. See photos from the ceremony.
Donors to the historical society’s “Rally Round the Flagpole” campaign have included the Davis Family Foundation, Deb DeColfmacker of Edward Jones, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, VFW Post 5744, McIntire-McCooey Funeral Home, York Hospital, Fogarty’s Restaurant, Civil Consultants, and dozens of individuals and families who wrote checks and attended our fundraising events. Thank you, one and all!