Last updated: 1/31/2018
Brownfield, Maine
Street Address
257 Main Street
Brownfield, ME 04010
Mailing Address
PO Box 264
Brownfield, ME 04010
Tuesday10 AM - 2 PM
Diane Burnell, President
Bradford Fuller, Trustee

70th Anniversary Fire of 1947

This special exhibit is made possible by your membership and generous donations, with additional support from Edge of Maine Art and Framing , Stone Mountain Arts Center and the Keith Henney History Fund. The exhibit is printed on large panels designed and printed at the Edge of Maine Gallery in Brownfield.

Included are images of the fire from the Eberly Collection provided by the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk. Additional text is adapted from an interview by Joyce Butler of Esther Boynton recorded in 1977 at her home in Brownfield. The transcript was provided by the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Collection at the Fogler Library Special Collections Department, University of Maine, in Orono. Boynton talks about the fires of 1947 in Brownfield; the beginning of the fire and its growth; making donuts for the firefighters; her home surrounded by fire; exploding houses; generosity towards burned-out families; few human fatalities due to fires; returning to Brownfield; aid from the Red Cross; tin houses; beginning to rebuild; salvaging timber; aid from various people and companies; impact of the fires into the early 1950s.


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