Historical Association offers two ways to learn about Madam Sally Wood, Maine’s first woman novelist

Sun, 07/03/2022 - 8:45am

    Madam Sally Wood (1759-1855), considered Maine's first woman novelist, was actually writing novels even before Maine became a state.Wood published her first novel in 1800 under the pseudonym "A Lady of Massachusetts.” After Maine became a state in 1820, she changed her pen name to "A Lady of Maine.” Lincoln County Historical Association (LCHA) is pleased to offer two upcoming opportunities to learn more about Madam Wood. 

    Curator, independent researcher, and lecturer Alice Smith Duncan will make an online Zoom presentation, Rediscovering Madam Sally Wood, Maine's First Woman Novelist on Wednesday, July 6 at 6 p.m. The following Sunday, July 10, at 4 p.m., Smith Duncan will lead a walking tour of Madam Wood's Wiscasset. Participants on the tour will be introduced to aspects of Wiscasset that were familiar to Madam Wood.

    To sign up for the online presentation and/or the tour, visit the LCHA website, www.lincolncountyhistory.org , navigate to Events, and fill out the registration form(s). Both programs are free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

    The public is invited to visit special exhibits on Lincoln County’s women writers at the Museum & Old Jail in Wiscasset, the Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, and the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta. LCHA is presenting these programs as part of their year-long celebration of these talented women. A particularly extensive exhibit at the Museum and Old Jail in Wiscasset is supported by Raymond McKinley Rideout Jr. and Marguerite Waterman Rideout Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

    For more information, please visit www.lincolncountyhistory.org, Facebook at Lincoln County Historical Association (Maine) or Pownalborough Court House Museum.