Rangeley’s First Settlers – Eunice Lakeman Hoar
Saturday, July 14, 2018, 7:00 PM
RFA Lakeside Theater, presented in conjunction with
the Rangeley Historical Society
EUNICE LAKEMAN HOAR 1776-1846
Eunice Lakeman married Luther Hoar in 1799. In 1817 they traveled about 20 miles with their 9 children, on foot, from the Avon area to what is now called Rangeley Lake, in Maine. Not only did they travel over late winter snow, but they climbed as much as 1000 feet in elevation. Along the way they had an adventure they did not plan! (The baby is lost, but I promise all ends well!)
This family was the first white family to settle on Rangeley Lake. Their story is traditionally told from the male point of view with Luther as the heroic pioneer. Luther was indeed a pioneer, settling in the Maine wilderness. But he could not have taken nine children, including a baby and toddlers, on that journey without the help, direction and partnership of a strong woman.
Jude’s portrayal of her great-great-great-great grandmother is created from a lifetime of hearing the family story, and years of research and study in genealogy, history, and the society of the early 19th century. Come experience this unique one-woman Live Stage Performance!
Tickets: RLRHS Members: $7.00, General Admission: $10.00, proceeds to benefit the Historical Society’s museums and programs. Tickets available at the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum in Oquossoc or at the door beginning at 6 PM. Enjoy cash bar (beer/wine), a raffle and more!
“All of my historic characters are presented in first person, while dressed in appropriate period clothing. This 35-40 minute presentation is told without notes. It differs from a one-women play, in that only the outline of the story is memorized. The story is a bit different with each telling, often in reaction to the audience. That is storytelling.”
– Jude Lamb