HEADING TO THE BOWMAN HOUSE

FROM THE RICHMOND, MAINE DOCK ON THE KENNEBEC RIVER.

REENACTORS ROWING A JOLLY BOAT IN THE KENNEBEC RIVER
PHOTO COURTESY OF D. PARKER
RE-ENACTORS ROWING A JOLLY BOAT TO THE HISTORIC
BOWMAN OPEN HOUSE IN DRESDEN ON AUGUST 21-22-23, 2021

SWAN ISLAND FERRY DOCKED ON ISLAND IN THE BACKGROUND

Bowman House
Museum in Dresden, Maine
Recently opened
The Bowman House is a historic house on Bowman Lane, off Maine State Route 128, in Dresden, Maine, United States. It was built in 1762, early in the area’s colonial settlement history, and later served as the office of an ice harvesting business. Wikipedia
Address: 22 Bowman Ln, Dresden, ME 04342
Hours:
Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu
Phone: (207) 882-7169
Area: 7 acres
Opened: 1762
Architectural style: American Colonial
NRHP Reference Number: 71000071″

from: WIKIPEDIA

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COUNTING RINGS

Crews arrived through early river fog by ferry,

decades after tender green shoots burst forth

below the old stonewalls. Gathered many

years ago by industrious squirrels, acorns

and pine cones grew, spared from the flames

that charred Swan Island in 1750.

In 2018, a weary late afternoon crew of

brush monkeys gathers on the resting side

of an all-morning island swamp out.

Sating thirst, they swiped salty brows, swatted

handfuls of black flies, deer flies,

and ravenous, hardy marine mosquitoes.

Dozens of deer ticks hopped on to celebrate

by biting bare flesh.

Bullbuck Bob bellers instructions to his

skidroad crew,

“power up the bulldozers, cut out those cat roads,

time is money!”

In the wake of the CTL harvester, Clem

the clambunk operator waits

to drag out full tree-length logs.

Halloween storm 2017 left swaths of blown down

trees from the Dresden side of the Kennebec River

across Swan Island, over Merrymeeting Bay

onto Richmond and Bowdoinham shores.

Dozens of cold decks piled and waiting their turn

to float over the Kennebec on a tug-powered barge,

transporting neatly balanced logs on double

trailers, to be hauled over the curvy, hilly

roads of Maine; final destinations:

wood products manufactories,

sawmills,

lumber yards,

firewood dealers,

and paper mills.

Witnessing a caravan of 18-wheelers hauling

massive full logs, once healthy trees, I ponder:

what events they witnessed,

what stormy or drought weather withstood,

what challenges endured, before

the fateful storm that ripped their sturdy roots

from centuries-long life on the historic island.

If only to hold a thick slice,

able to count the rings

revealing hidden stories

of just a single once-stately

Swan Island tree!

The Journey Begins

SWAN ISLAND in the KENNEBEC,

BOOK ONE: ISBN: 978-1-59713-198-8

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BOOK TALK 2019 – BRIDGE ACADEMY, DRESDEN, MAINE

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PHOTOS FROM SEPTEMBER, 2018:

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AERIAL VIEW OF THE PICNIC TABLE SHELTER ~ HISTORIC DUMARESQUE HOUSE ON THE RIGHT … the house Sylvester Gardiner built for his daughter as a wedding gift … and where Dr. Hebbard had the SWANGO HEALTH RESORT