Last updated: 11/16/2009
Orrington, Maine
Description

The Currans farmed the land during the 19th century and were among the sturdiest of a strong breed of farmers who settled on the rocky New England hillsides.

The farm’s operation will be accomplished with a volunteer force coordinated by a staff manager functioning under the guidance of a Board of Directors. Demonstration projects for school children and other groups will include such activities as gardening, haying, milking, maple sap to syrup and forestry as practiced on the family farm. Also, there will be opportunities for visitors to participate in hayrides, cidermaking, square dancing, skating parties, ice-fishing, sleigh rallies, olde-fashioned country fairs and other recreation our ancestors enjoyed in their leisure time.

We, of The Curran Homestead LivingHistory Farm and Museum, propose to create a Living History Farm and Museum incorporating the house, barn and related buildings with approximately thirty-five acres overlooking Fields Pond, the core of the original homestead. A separate tract of land on the pond side of Fields Pond is managed by the Maine Audubon Society.

History

The Curran Homestead, Inc., a Community Education Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit project Corporation. The goal of the project is to demonstrate for future generations the virtues of self-reliance, cooperation, industry and thrift which reflect the traditional American values practiced when our society was predominantly rural. The project will highlight the ageless value of volunteerism as an integral theme at the Curran Homestead. The founders believe it is possible to touch the lives of those who will be tomorrow’s leaders and citizens by recreating a turn-of-the-20th-century farm applying the technology of that era. It is said that those who forget the lessons of the past are doomed to repeat them.

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