Season opens June 16

Summer 2018 at Knox Museum

Jun 07, 2018

Thomaston — The Knox Museum officially opens its summer season Saturday, June 16, From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a family event including Revolutionary War re-enactors, cannon firing and a story hour. Montpelier, 30 High St., will be open for regular tours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Society of the Cincinnati exhibition “BOOM! Artillery in the American Revolution” will be featured this season.

At 10:30 a.m., two authors, both Knox descendants, will preside over a children’s story hour and craft time; and sign their books. Mary Ames Mitchell will read her picture book, “Henry’s Big Kaboom”; and Amy MacDonald will read from her collection of popular children’s books including “Rachel Fister’s Blister,” “Cousin Ruth’s Tooth” and the Little Beaver books. Books will be available for purchase.

On Tuesday, June 19, at the downtown Watts Hall, William McCarriston will speak In Defense of Henry Knox as part of the summer programs series presented by the Thomaston Historical Society in partnership with the Knox Museum. McCarriston’s lecture will address and refute allegations levied against Knox during his lifetime regarding acquisition of the Waldo Patent and his reasons for abandoning a run for the legislature in 1804. Doors open for a short reception at 7 p.m., followed by the 7:30 p.m. lecture.

Knox Museum will host its 13th Knox Annual Lecture Friday, June 29, at 5:30 p.m. at Rockland’s Strand Theatre. This year’s speaker is Nathaniel Philbrick, author of “Bunker Hill,” “In the Heart of the Sea” and “Mayflower.” Philbrick’s lecture will focus on his book “Valiant Ambition – George Washington and Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution.” Advance tickets are $31, $21 for museum members, available by calling 354-8062 or visiting Tickets at the door will be $36/$26. Philbrick’s books will be on sale; a book signing will precede the event at 5 p.m. Following the Knox Lecture, there will be a gala benefit dinner at Union Hall in Rockport. Advance tickets and reservations are required; call 354-8062 for more information.

Sunday through Tuesday, July 1 through 3, from noon to 4 p.m., Knox Museum will host its second annual “Muskets to Machine Guns” exhibit showcasing the evolution of weaponry, in partnership with the Maine Military Historical Society Museum.

On Wednesday, July 18, the museum will hold a Sissy Yates Jewelry Trunk Show fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the south lawn of Montpelier. Fifty percent of the proceeds will benefit the museum.

On Saturday, July 21, the museum will host its annual Cut the Cake celebration immediately following the Knox Day graveside ceremony. Free and open to the public, Cut the Cake will take place on the front lawn of Montpelier and the museum will be open for tours.

Knox Museum’s regular summer tour schedule is Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tours are $10, $8 for AAA members and senior citizens.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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