Visitors to the annual Summer Heritage Festival in Bethel on Saturday discovered how much fun it can be to learn about early Maine life.

One of the highlights of the event, in and around the Dr. Moses Mason House on Bethel Hill Common, was the What’s It Contest, which asked participants to guess at the past uses for several artifacts on display.

The Bethel Historical Society festival also offered antiques appraisals and demonstrations of traditional crafts such as spinning, quilting and chair caning.

There were also games and activities for children, guided tours of Bethel’s Historic District, and an art show leading up to Saturday night’s Antiquarian Supper, featuring old-time foods such as hulled corn and election cake.


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