February 25 - 7:30 pm (Berwick Academy) - "Punkintown – A Village that Once Was” - Join Carol Zamarchi as she explores with description and facts the history of the small, isolated community that became known as Punkintown in Eliot, Maine.
An 8th generation Eliot resident will give a history of the small, isolated community that became known as Punkintown in Eliot at a lecture 7:30 pm Thursday Feb. 25, at Berwick Academy’s Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served by volunteers.
Carol Zamarchi (of the Furbish family) will use description and facts to bring alive this community that was inhabited by a peak population of 30 to 40 people from the 1800s to the 1900s. At its height, the tiny town had a grist mill, a granite quarry and between seven and 10 families. The village was close to the current York town line and bordered on the York Pond. Many residents of Eliot remember the people from Punkintown coming to their homes selling fruits and vegetables.
As a life long resident of Eliot, Zamarchi has developed an interest in the history of Eliot. She is a member of the Eliot and the Old Berwick Historical Societies. She and her husband are collectors of antique bicycles, with their first bicycle coming from the Libbey family of South Berwick.
This event is part of the Old Berwick Historical Society's 2010 series of talks, walks and historical events. The series, supported by memberships and a grant from Kennebunk Savings Bank, includes seven monthly evening presentations as well as other local history events around South Berwick, including the society's Counting House Museum.