Join us on Saturday, July 30 at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site as we step back in time to the rough and tumble world of 17th century Maine. Discover why watercraft such as the Native American birch bark canoe and European shallop were so important to the Wabanaki, English, and French as they traded, negotiated, socialized, and fought with one another. Visitors will learn about Acadian pirates who attacked English fishing boats in the waters of Nova Scotia, Native American traders traveling in their birch bark canoes laden with furs to trade with the English and French, and English fishermen who sought the region’s wealth of codfish in their shallops.
Come and watch or join the crew of an English shallop as they navigate the lower reaches of the Pemaquid River. Visitors can also watch a French trader as he demonstrates use of his birch bark canoe on the river.
The event is free and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain date Sunday, July 31. FMI 207-677-2423.
The event is sponsored by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (www.ParksAndLands.com).