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April 27, 2017 - Ovens on the Edge, 1590-1640: An Experimental Archaeology of Baking

7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

 Both English and French colonists on the Atlantic coast of North America described bread as the “staff of life” and went to considerable lengths to ensure themselves a steady supply. Food historian Paula Marcoux describes how early colonists adapted their technologies, and ultimately their expectations, to local conditions. Her research combines evidence from the archeological and historical record with experimental oven building and baking trials. Samples of period bread and pastry will be served!

Imagining Ichabod Book Talk with Paula Bennett- April 30th at 1:00 pm - Counting House Museum

 Local Author Paula Bennett will be discussing her recently published book, “Imagining Ichabod: My Journey into 18th Century America through History, Food, and a Georgian House,” at the Counting House Museum in South Berwick.

The book, priced at $30, is hardcover with 60 full-color photographs and 25 adapted historic recipes. ORDER THE BOOK.

Bennett will share her story about how she and her husband, Harvey, came to own the Goodwin House, located in what is called the Old Fields part of South Berwick. They wanted to imagine, and to live to some extent, what daily life was like for the Goodwins in the 1700’s. They researched and explored the diet, décor, and activities of the early colonial times. 

Bennett will also discuss how the Goodwins lived our history through local government, and national wars. She will also touch on how South Berwick can be seen as a microcosm of our nation’s history.

After finding a piece of pottery tucked into wall during some upkeep work on their home, the Bennetts met archeologist Dr. Neill DePaoli. Together, they agreed it was important to do an archeological dig at the Goodwin House to add to the story of the Bennett’s home. The Old Berwick Historical Society sponsored an archeological dig at the Goodwin House beginning in 2011, lasting six years, during which field schools were run. Volunteers spent winters cleaning and cataloguing the items found the previous summer.

Items found in Ichabod Goodwin House dig will be on display in the upcoming exhibit at the Counting House, “Forgotten Frontier: Untold Stories of the Piscataqua,” opening June 3rd. The exhibit will feature the numerous finds from two major digs in South Berwick- the Goodwin House and the nearby Chadbourne House.

The Counting House Museum, run by the Old Berwick Historical Society, is located at 2 Liberty Street, south Berwick. The Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm-4 pm, June 3rd through October, and year-round by appointment. Please contact 207-384-0000 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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