Historical society marks 50 years with town tours

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The Windham Historical Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary with two fall history bus tours on Saturday, Oct. 21.

WINDHAM — The Windham Historical Society is celebrating its own history this month, marking its 50th anniversary with a fall history tour fundraiser.

The group will offer two bus tours of various historic locations in Windham on Saturday, Oct. 21. Each tour will last two and a half hours and cost $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under. The first tour leaves at 10 a.m. and the second at 1:30 p.m.  Both tours depart from the Historical Society headquarters at 234 Windham Center Road and will cover the same route in town.

“Everything from Windham’s early beginnings and our first settlers to nineteen century mills and famous historic sites will be discussed,” said Linda Griffin, society vice president and one of the tour guides. “We’ll also pay visits to the Friends Meeting House, the Parson Smith House, the Windham Hill United Church of Christ or First Congregational Church, Gambo Falls and Babb’s Bridge.”

The event is sponsored by Norway Savings Bank, Hall Implement Co. and the Windham Economic Development Corporation. The Hannaford in North Windham is donating bottled water for the event.

That support will allow the society to dedicate all of the money raised from the tours to the Historical Society Village green, a “living history” project being developed by the group.

Anyone interested in the event can order tickers in advance through the Windham Historical Society by calling 892-1433.

“It should be a pleasurable way to spend a Saturday morning or afternoon in October when the foliage will be beautiful and the history will be in abundance,” said membership chairman Carol Manchester. “We hope we have a good response and when people climb aboard the History Bus, they will enjoy the tour and also be encouraged to learn more about our Society, our Village Green, and all the many other things we do.”

Matt Junker can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or mjunker@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @MattJunker.

The Windham Historical Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary with two fall history bus tours on Saturday, Oct. 21.

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