Knox Museum will mount a special three-day only exhibition, “Muskets to Machine Guns,” Saturday through Monday, July 1 through 3, from noon to 4 p.m. at Montpelier, the big white house at the Route 131 turn to St. George.

“Muskets to Machine Guns” is presented in partnership with the Maine Military Historical Society Museum and will exhibit an impressive cache of historic and contemporary weaponry, from the American Revolution through present day. Knox Museum’s board chairman, Lt. Col. Peter Ogden (retired), also active with the Maine Military Historical Society Museum, is facilitating the exhibition with Knox Museum’s collections manager, Matthew J. Hansbury.

The Maine Military Historical Society in Augusta is Maine’s only museum dedicated solely to the state’s military history. The museum is “For those who served, as well as those who never had the opportunity. For the old … who remember. For the student … who wants to know. For the young … who need to learn what Maine’s dedicated men and women have done.”

Admission is $10; $8 for senior citizens and AAA members; $4 for children age 5 to 13; $20 Flat Family Rate (two parents, two children); and free for active military, Knox Museum members children younger than 5.

Due to its historic nature, Montpelier is not handicapped-accessible at present; one must be able to navigate stairs to visit. Carpooling is encouraged, and visitors are cautioned that, weather permitting, exterior painting may be underway. The Knox Paint Brigade has currently raised enough in donations to paint three sides of the building, and is working on the fourth. For more information, visit

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