After a one-year hiatus the Saint Paul’s Union Chapel Bean Supper is back on Thursday, July 31.

Some say the bean supper concept started around the time of the American Revolution to honor Washington’s troops at Valley Forge who only had beans and sausages to eat. Another story says it started with the pilgrims, when cooking on the Sabbath was prohibited, so the beans were baked the night before. Most likely it may have begun simply because it was a “practical Yankee way of making a little go a long way” (in other words, the beans were cheap). The supper has been expanded to include traditional Downeast cooking, recipes that have been handed down for generations by great Maine cooks.

The suppers are held as fundraisers to help fund the maintenance and preservation of St. Paul’s Chapel and the adjacent Dutch Neck Schoolhouse. Serving is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 10.

Residents of Dutch Neck erected St. Paul’s Chapel in 1885. The one-room Dutch Neck Schoolhouse was built in 1883 and served the children of Dutch Neck until the mid-1940s. The chapel will also be open during the supper for those who would like to view this historic building. The Dutch Neck Cemetery is located behind the schoolhouse.

St. Paul’s Chapel is located 2 miles down Dutch Neck Road from Route 32. For more information call Eric Stark at 832-7535.