Leeds Historical Society history walks begin Sept. 26

LEEDS — Those who’d like to get out safely this fall and explore some locations of historical note on a beautiful weekend day may join with members of the Leeds Historical Society to walk and talk about the following places:
Sept. 26, 1 p.m. — Knapp/Dead River Cemetery — On the north bank of the Dead River, some of the earliest settlers and many early veterans are buried here. Come hear some of their stories. Take Route 106 N. to the intersection of Route 219 and turn left. In about a quarter mile, you’ll see a pasture and farm road on the left, leading up a hill across from Fish Farm. This is a public access road and will take you to a place where you can park and participants will meet.
Oct. 10, 1 p.m. — Monument Hill — Leeds has a Civil War peace monument erected by the Howard brothers on the highest point in Leeds with an elevation of 180 feet. Learn about how, why and when the monument was erected while taking in the spectacular fall views from the top of the hill. Located on North Road., about one mile from the turn off Church Hill Road or 2.5 miles from the turn off on Route 219. Participants will meet at the trailhead, with parking along one side of the road. Before the .8 mile round trip hike up the hill, we’ll tell the story of the Howard brothers and the monument. There are picnic tables along the trail where you can stop & catch your breath.
Oct. 24, 1p.m. — Freeman’s Landing and 1894 Deane Homestead — Come explore the history and backstory to Freeman’s Landing and picnic site on the Androscoggin River. There is ample parking, and then we’ll walk (about a half mile, round trip) down River Road to the old Deane place to hear about the original occupants of the house and farm. Located on River Road, it’s on the left, just overone mile from the 90° bend coming from the south and 2.3 miles on the right coming from the north on Route 219.
Participants must bring a mask to wear on the walks. Rain dates and times for all the walks are on the following day at 1 p.m.