meetings : a message from our president

Hello All.

I first want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  I hope your families are staying safe and healthy.  Julie and I are doing well. We have tackled countless home projects and are driving each other nuts (just kidding).

As we look to 2021 we can see that there is a vaccine on the way but also, a record number of people are contracting the virus.  Those two things considered and the fact that our members are “not youngsters”, I think that it’s prudent to cancel our January, February and March meetings.  I will follow-up in March to talk about what to do about April’s meeting.

In the mean time please enjoy our Monthly Newsletter (thanks to Rosanne).  Better yet, send something to Rosanne about you or your family (projects, family history etc) for her to include in the newsletter. Her email is

Hope for a happier 2021.

Happy Holidays,

Paul and Julie

Eliot Historical Society.


Covid-19 put a halt to many of the Maine Bicentennial events that were planned for Eliot this year, but one by the Historical Society has been completed!  A beautiful mural of the clipper ship Nightingale that was built at Eliot’s Hanscom Shipyard is now gracing the walls at the Eliot Elementary School!  

Jan Cerabona had the pleasure, recently, of hosting Esther Morrow, who had the mural commissioned years ago for her then home in Eliot, and Gordon Carlisle, the artist, to a viewing.  A huge thank you to KENNEBUNK SAVINGS BANK-ELIOT who funded the project and SUNDANCE SIGNS of Dover for mounting it for us.  We’re all anticipating the day when we all will be able to take a close-up look.



As we reflect on this year’s Memorial Day I wanted to give a shout out to Eliot Historical President, Paul Johnson and landowner Brian Spinney who took upon the task of making right the gravesite of veteran Parker Foster.

Born in 1761 and died in 1846, Foster was a Private and Sergeant in Capt. King’s Co., Col. Henry Jackson’s Regt., Mass. Line. Original declaration made April 1, 1818 and was affirmed. Pension No. 8,563. Family: Elizabeth Foster, aged 45; Joseph Foster, aged 11; Nathaniel Foster, aged 9; Catharine Foster, aged 7; Abigail Foster, aged 5, Caroline Foster, aged 2. (317). Revolutionary Soldiers of York County, Maine. Communicated by G.W. Chamberlain, M.S., of Malden, Mass; The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1911.

Thanking Paul and Brian for their service.

Parker Foster’s Gravesite – Before, during, and after