Thursday, 03 January 2019 17:17

A piece of Maine history to be honored Featured

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EAST MACHIAS - A bill passed to the Maine legislature will highlight an important part of history most people have never even heard of.

 

The first battle of the American Revolution was the Battle of the Margaretta. It was actually fought in and around Machias.

 

A local historian said Hannah and Rebecca Weston trekked through the woods from Jonesboro to Machias Maine carrying supplies to their husbands and brothers.

 

State representative Will Tuell is looking to pass a bill to have a trail to honor these women.

 

"What better way with Maine's 200th anniversary coming up here pretty soon," said Tuell.

 

The trail will go through Jonesboro, Whitneyville, and Machias. The bill has been submitted to the legislature, and there will be a public hearing in a couple of weeks.

 

"It's been assigned to the transportation committee because DOT will be installing signage at both ends of the trail," Tuell said.

 

Tuell said this trial will be great for the economy, tourism, and generating revenue for local businesses, "Building awareness around the historical history of the area."

 

Rick Scribner, a retired professor, started sharing the story about Battle of the Margaretta about 35 years ago to his class.

 

"It's just you know a great example of storytelling and re-enacting," said Scribner.

 

He said he's happy to see locals are interested in Maine's history. Every year a big festival called Margaretta Days is put on for people to travel back in time to life in 1775.

 

 Charles Robbins, a local historian said, "Portray the original settlers and do the crafts and skills that those people had. These two ladies they were courageous and very patriotic for what they did in this area."

 

Shonna Narine

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Shonna Narine joined the ABC7 and FOX22 team in August 2017. Originally from Long Island (although she hides her accent for TV) she's excited to see what Maine has to offer.

She graduated from Five Towns College in D...