meetings : a message from our president

Hi Everyone,

I hope that you and your families are staying safe and healthy.  I just want to announce that we will be cancelling our Eliot Historical Society Monthly Meetings for the next few months.  With the threat of COVID-19 still with us and our members’ age being the most vulnerable, it wouldn’t be wise to have indoor meetings.  This cancellation will probably continue through December.  I will send out an email to all of you to announce when our next “in person” meeting will be held.

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


Paul Johnson


Eliot Historical Society

NOTE : Past Newsletters can be viewed through the link at the left of the page!


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