Organizers of a museum aimed at showing how Native Americans once lived in Maine have found property in Gardiner where they hope to erect a permanent village.

The board of directors of the Odamogan Living History Museum, which has been operating out of an office in Litchfield, has signed a letter of intent to purchase property on Cobbosseecontee Stream behind the Lapointe Lumber facility just off Route 201.

Jonathan Yellowbear, board president, said the group will now begin fundraising in earnest to secure $212,000 needed to buy the 57-acre parcel from Goodall Properties.

“Once we get the property, we’ll be eligible to get matching National Endowment for the Arts grants,” he said.

The organizers envision “an interactive full-scale village set in the 1600s where native history comes to life,” according to a statement from Yellowbear.

“Visitors will see, hear, smell and get a sense of what life was like living the way the Eastern Abenaki did in the interior on the Cobbosseecontee, fishing, hunting and farming,” Yellowbear said.


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