meetings : a message from our president



Hi Everyone,

I hope that you and your families are healthy and continuing to stay safe.  The vaccine rollout has been a blessing.  Julie and I will get our 2nd shot this coming Wednesday.  We are very excited.  I hope that things are going well for all of you too as we all try to return to normal.

As I look ahead to our next three monthly meetings I think it would be prudent to cancel our meetings in April and May.  I don’t believe that the situation with COVID has progressed enough to allow such a meeting to take place safely.

I am officially cancelling our April and May meetings.

I will send out another email in May to announce the status of our June Meeting.  We may be able to hold our June meeting outside at Dead Duck or maybe the situation with COVID might be such that we all feel comfortable meeting inside again.   

In the meantime, continue to stay positive and Julie & I hope to see you all soon.


Paul Johnson


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