A master thatcher from England is in Maine to make roofs like they used to – circa 1625 in Colonial Pemaquid, now a state historic site.

Colin McGhee is topping off two replica buildings, a tavern and a blacksmith shop, that will be used to educate visitors to the former British settlement in New Harbor.

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Hundreds of people have stopped by to watch the live thatching as McGhee uses a flat-metal hand tool, steel wires and rods to secure tight bundles of reeds imported from Turkey to the wooden roof skeleton.

When completed, the buildings will be ‘one more way … to educate the public about Maine and U.S. history,’ said Barry Masterson, who manages the site.

– Staff Writer Karen Antonacci