In early February Stephen Thompson will present his research on Maine's Lost Trotting Parks and 19th Century Kennebec County at Maranacook Community School. Check with the Office of Adult Education for the details! Images of Readfield in the 19th Century and Readfield's lost trotting park will be presented. Stephen's work in Readfield will be a collaborative effort with the Readfield Historical Society. Dale Marie Clark will present information on Readfield in the 19th Century.
If you have old family photos of Readfield, please bring them to share with others attending the presentation.
The photos represents our visit to the property where Readfield's Lost Trotting Park is located. My neighbor, Dana DeVos, and I drove to Dave and Holly Dominie's home on the Old Fairgrounds Road in Readfield. Dave and Holly gave us a grand tour of the walking paths that exist on the old fairgrounds. We found an area with bleachers and what appeared to be supports for a larger grandstand. We also saw what may have been part of the fencing that was erected on the inside of the track. However, the topography of the land didn't seem adequate to support a trotting track. In addition it appeared that if the track were here it was built around a ravine. I do believe our search and research needs to involve others who may remember where the track was located.