ORRINGTON — Monday marked the fourth day of the annual Old Home Week.
From July 10 to July 19, residents are celebrating Old Home Week during which the town’s past, present and future are all on display.
For Monday’s event, members of the Orrington historical society gathered and opened their doors to the public to brush up on the town’s rich history.
“We give some of the history of the town, which goes back to all of the Old Home Week programs that they’ve had for eons. Some decades are missing but most of the time it’s always happened. It’s a time for people of Orrington to come home and enjoy their community,” Orrington Historical Society President Judith Frost Gillis said.
Some of her history lessons stretched all the way back to the time of the Revolutionary War.
“It’s important to us because the vice president up there, Henry Riswald’s family settled here in 1772 and his is the only family in Orrington still living in the same house as their settlers did, the same land away,” Gillis said.
Gillis added she’s was happy people could come out to the event, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re very fortunate in having people still from this town that live here because when we ask for volunteers, we get them. We’ve done an awful a lot of work this spring and summer because of the covid-19 and people were able to come, stay separated and do their jobs,” she said.
Left in Old Home Week includes a tour of the new Orrington Public Safety building, an outdoor story walk at the Orrington Public Library and a formal dedication to the Orrington Bicentennial Pine.