Many Ways of Preserving the Past

There are many ways of preserving the past.  There is saving old pieces, and restoring them for future generations to see.  You can create collections to share, and allow hands on learning with these collections.  You can pass on your knowledge of how things used to be done.  One can write down the stories of […]

Change of Seasons

I’ve always considered myself very fortunate to live in this great state of Maine, for several reasons honestly.  One of them being the beauty we get to experience of all our different seasons here.  Fall has always been my favorite season – I love the colors, the crisp air, the apple harvest, baking, and all […]

The Many Adventures of Captain & Annabelle

Captain & Annabelle If you have ever been to an event at The Curran Homestead, you have probably seen Captain & Annabelle there.  Captain and Annabelle were both generously donated by Bill and Gloria Miller to the Curran Homestead. They were both auctioned off at a 4-H auction, and were headed to be someone’s dinner. […]

Is a Farm Enough?

For twenty-five now, the Curran Homestead has labored to bring a small taste of early nineteenth century rural farm life to the greater Bangor community. Our all-volunteer effort originally focused on restoring and revitalizing the remains of the old Curran Farm on Field’s Pond Road in Orrington and presenting it to the public the way […]

Apple Season

Like many people this weekend, I went to one of the local apple orchards to get, and enjoy, some of the yummy fruits of the season.  Fall is my most favorite season, and one of the parts of this season I love is all the baking that I do now that the heat of the […]

Farm Families

One of my favorite stories to hear about has to do with family life on the farm years ago.  I have heard several tales about farms in my own family’s past, as well as many from other family’s pasts.   They all share the common thread of the importance of family. We’ve all seen the […]

The Barn

The Barn I suspect the barns were the real hearts of yesterday’s Maine farms.  They not only provided housing for the livestock, they were the storage and maintenance center for all of the myriad tools and machinery it took to run the operation. When the Curran Homestead was established in 1991, what was once a […]

The Real Harvest of Harvest Time

This morning I was snapping fresh green beans from the garden to go with our supper tonight.  Whenever I do this it always reminds me of time with my Grandfather, and my Aunt when I was growing up.  My Aunt grew up on a hard working farm, and my Grandfather did farm work as a […]

Confession of a Townie

As a long time board member and part-time spokesman of the Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum, I have a small confession to get off my chest. I did not grow up on a farm. There it is.  I was one of those useless, cookie-stamped town kids – a small, rural setting to be […]

Welcome to our blog

The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum 372 Fields Pond Road, Orrington, ME 04474 www.curranhomestead.org Welcome to the Curran Homestead blog. The Curran Homestead, Inc. is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 corporation which maintains a living history farm museum where our mission is to collect, preserve and present Maine’s rural subsistence farming heritage and […]