RESCHEDULED from Sunday, February 12. Americans are famous for traveling, but what was it like to travel long distances in the 1850s? Learn the joys and the sorrows of traveling by steamboat, railroad, and eventually by automobile in this illustrated talk by George Barrett, How We Traveled From Boston to Boothbay, 1850 to 1950. First came paddle wheel steamboats, then the railroad which competed with the more modern propeller driven boats. You’ll see what it was like to drive all the way from Boston over the rickety bridge from Portsmouth into Maine, the ferry in Bath, and then the winding rural roads to Boothbay in 1915. In the early twentieth century the railroads competed with the automobile, as new roads and bridges were built. When the Maine Turnpike was constructed, it was a new and innovative idea by the Maine Legislature, the first of its type in the country.
George Barrett has a degree in civil engineering and traveled the state of Maine selling machinery to road building contractors as well as loggers, paper mills and municipalities. He taught seamanship and navigation for the Power Squadron and Coast Guard Auxiliary. Mr. Barrett has lived in Maine for 40 years, has been involved in Owls Head Transportation Museum and is on the Board of Boothbay Railway Village.
How We Travelled From Boston to Boothbay, 1850 to 1950, will be presented at Boothbay Railway Village on Sunday, March 5, 2:00 pm by George Barrett. Admission is free, $5 donation appreciated.