For the third year, the volunteers of the Boothbay Railway Village have designed and constructed a model train village for the L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Freeport. The layout is located on the second floor inside the Children’s Department and will be operating from 9 am – 9 pm daily from just before Thanksgiving through New Year’s.
The layout highlights the historic connection between the Museum and L.L. Bean. Museum volunteer, George Barrett, spent hundreds of hours constructing an exact scale model of Freeport Station for the installation. It also includes a model owned by the retailer of its original store/manufacturing facility. Freeport Station and the railroad service was vital to L.L. Bean’s success in the first half of the twentieth century. In 1964, the station was moved to Boothbay and was the very first building on the Museum’s campus.
The display is also just plain fun with everything from an operating carousel to skiers and snowboarders and even a family of bears. A full schedule of Northern Lights celebration activities can be found on the L.L. Bean website.