Pownalborough Court House Museum
Constructed in 1761, Pownalborough Court House is the only remaining courthouse from the colonial era in Maine and now serves as a local history museum. The museum includes a variety of exhibits that preserve and share the history of Maine from the colonial era to its separation from Massachusetts and statehood. The grounds include a network of hiking trails cemetery with interments dating back to before the American Revolution. The courthouse served Lincoln county after the Kennebec Proprietors hired architect Gershom Flagg to design and construct the building which saw notable Americans from President John Adams to the notorious turncoat Benedict Arnold utilize the structure in the 18th century. The building was also home to the trial of Judge North, an event that was recorded in the diary of local resident Martha Ballard and interpreted by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's Midwife's Tale.
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