Favorite thing: We found this little place-name board on the side of the Lodge. What great names!!
Friendship Sloops, sailboats known for catching lobsters and for their graceful sailing ability, were constructed here in Friendship (naturally!), by shipbuilder Wilbur Morse. Friendship Sloop Days are held anually, in late July , and offer a homecoming and regatta with sloop races, demonstrations and displays of these historic boats.
Favorite thing: There was no one around to tell me about the history of this Lodge building, and so I eventually found someone on the internet, who could provide some details. The following information was provided by Mr. Randall Foster , Secretary, Meduncook Lodge # 211 A.F.&A.M.:
"The building currently occupied by Meduncook Lodge # 211 was, to the best of my knowledge , built as a " Lodge Hall" in the late 1860 s as home for Meduncook Lodge # 120 which surrendered it's charter in the late 1800s . the building then served as a store for several years. When Meduncook lodge #211 was chartered in 1909 the building again became a lodge hall, serving not only the Masonic lodge but also a Knights of Pythias lodge and Pythian Sisters chapter . The Pythian bodies surrendered their charters several years ago as their membership decreased significantly. "
Thank you, Mr. Foster.
Favorite thing: The Friendship Museum is located in the old Red Brick Schoolhouse, about half a mile out of the town , on Route 220. If you are coming from Waldoboro (Route 1), is will be about 9.5 miles distance, and on your right.
The tiny brick schoolhouse, measuring only 20 by 25 feet, is typical of the one-roomed schoolhouses of the mid-19th Century. It served as a grammar school from 1851 until 1923.
Friendship Historical Museum, Box 321, Martin's Point Road, Friendship, ME 04547,
Tel: 207-832-4826 or 207-832-4818
(The photo is not of the Museum)
Fondest memory: The Museum has many maritine artifacts, including ship models, and a collection of half-hulls, shipbuilding tools, plans of fishing boats, etc., and lobster and fishing gear. They also have historic documents relating to Friendship, old town records, paintings, vintage photograpsa and postcards. And much more besides! Where on Earth do they find the room to store it all??
Another place we very sadly missed!
The Museum is open from July 1st through Labor Day, Monday to Saturday 1pm - 4 pm, and Sundays 2pm - 4 pm.
Admission is free, but donations are welcome!