Pioneer Families Association strives to discover and preserve bits of our heritage.
We have rededicated a park on Peaks Island by placing a marker
with a cannonball (which was found on Peaks Island) and a sundial. This
Park was contested and a private party was attempting to acquire the
property. It now stands as Reed Park and remains a public park.
We have rededicated two Peaks Island cemeteries, Trefethen and
Brackett Memorial, by placing granite markers to this effect.
A Pioneer Families committee spearheaded the restoration of Brackett
Memorial Cemetery. The gravestones were cleaned and repaired, the
landscaping was manicured and a flagpole was erected and a park bench
placed for people to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the cemetery.
Pioneer Families Association erected a granite marker in memory of
Michael Mitton, one of the early progenitors and a noted citizen in the area,
c 1660s. This marker is placed on the hill coming off the ferry dock for all
to see. There is a merman etched on the marker which was drawn by a
12 year old member & a descendant of Michael Mitten. There is a story
about Michael Mitten having seen a merman while out fishing; PIONEER
FAMILIES published a booklet of this story as illustrated by Daniel Cooper,
our 12 year old artist.
Members took it upon themselves to make a square for a family quilt
which was finished and presented to Maine Historical Society. This quilt
is usually on display at the 5th Maine during our reunions which occur every
second year --- next reunion not currently scheduled.