Reading the Historic Landscape of Wolfe’s Neck with Tom Hubka
Sunday July 12, 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Wolfe’s Neck Farm Mallet Barn – 625 Wolfs Neck Road, Freeport, Maine
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On Sunday July 12, Freeport Historical Society and Wolfe’s Neck Farm are teaming up to sponsor an exciting historical event featuring well-known author and architectural historian Thomas Hubka. Hubka will interpret the cultural landscape of the Greenfield Pote house and barn and the Mallet Barn, 18th and 19th-century structures on Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport.
This 90-minute public program will begin at 3:00 PM with a presentation about farm building architecture at the Mallet Barn on Wolfe’s Neck Road. The cathedral-like hay barn was built by Freeport entrepreneur E. B. Mallet, Jr. in 1891. Participants will then move by wagon to the Pote house and barn, where Hubka will interpret them in the context of his extensive research on the architecture of the period. The Pote house, originally built about 1761 in Falmouth, was moved by water to its current site by its ship-captain owner about 1787. It stands on a hilltop overlooking the Little River estuary, with a view largely unchanged since the late 18th century.
Professor Hubka is best known for his book “Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England” for which he received the Abbott Lowell Cummings Award for best book in American vernacular architecture. He is Professor Emeritus from the Department of Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and has also taught architecture courses at the Portland State University, the University of Oregon, and Portland Community College in Oregon. His latest book about vernacular architecture is: “Houses Without Names: Architectural Nomenclature and the Classification of America’s Common Houses,” Univ. of Tennessee Press, 2013.
The Mallet barn is located towards the end of Wolf Neck Road just past Greenwood Lane. Cost of the program is $10 ($5 for members of the Freeport Historical Society or Wolfe’s Neck Farm who register in advance). The event is limited to 60 participants, and advance tickets can be purchased by calling FHS at 207-865-3170 or online.