March PROGRAM

MARCH 2nd, researcher and writer Eric Christian will focus on “Hawthorne’s Eliot Inspiration – The Life of Mary Bachiler in Puritan Maine”. Two hundred years before Nathaniel Hawthorne published his famous novel, The Scarlet Letter, the original inspiration for his story lived a tumultuous life in a part of Kittery which became Eliot. Mary Beadle Bachiler, the fourth wife of Rev. Stephen Bachiler made a remarkable recovery from public humiliation in 1651, when she was convicted of adultery, to earning the distinction as being the only woman to sign the Submission of Maine to Massachusetts at William Everett’s Tavern in 1652. Join us as we explore the life of this interesting pioneer, wife, and mother and uncover one of the many interesting stories of Maine’s early settlement. 

Program is FREE and refreshments are served.

Donations gratefully accepted.