Category Archives: history

Friends of Evergreen’s Fifth Memorial Day Procession


Monday, May 28th at 2:00 pm

The line of march begins at Longfellow School and continues along Stevens Avenue to Evergreen’s South Gate.
The procession includes VFW Color Guard, riderless horse, Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band, participants carrying signs remembering the fallen from the Revolution to the present, Brownie Scouts as well as flower girls who will scattered petals over veterans’ burial markers.

A brief program, under a white tent, follows and finishes with a volley salute and Taps.

The remembrance concludes in the Wilde Chapel where local historian Herb Adams will give a talk about “The Great War” in recognition of the centennial year of World War I’s conclusion.
All are welcome!


Planning Board Backs McAuley Place Development

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detail map from the Planning Board Report submitted on May 12, 2015

In a 4-0 vote, the Planning Board recommends that the development of McAuley Place proceed to City Council approval. The planning report can be read in its entirety.  It reflects the very high level of public engagement in the process to date. The process now moves to the next phase,  City Council consideration. During this phase, we expect continued high level of engagement, and we believe this engagement will lead to a better outcome for all parties.

DCNA Wins Maine Humanities Grant

MHC_logoNEG_RGB_pdf_300The DCNA would like to express its gratitude to the Maine Humanities Council for its award of a Major Grant for an Educational Archeological Survey of the Francis O.J. Smith residence in Baxter Woods.

In a partnership with the City of Portland, and McAuley High School, the DCNA will work with local field archeologist Norm Buttrick to unearth any physical remains of the elaborate Greek Revival residence of one of Maine’s most colorful political and business leaders, Francis Ormond Jonathan “FOG” Smith (1806-1876).

Francis O. J. Smith. (1806-1876)

Francis O. J. Smith. (1806-1876)

We all know and love Baxter Woods as the bucolic woodsy retreat from city life, but did you know that in the mid 1800’s this was the site of an elaborate Greek Rival mansion and library that belonged to one of Maine’s most prominent (if cantankerous) political and business leaders?  Francis Ormand Jonathan “FOG” Smith served in Congress, supported Andrew Jackson for President, and was a business partner of Samuel F.B.  Morse.  In 1835 he purchased this tract of land and hired preeminent architect Asher Benjamin to construct Smith’s beloved “Forest Home”.

Follow us as we learn more about this slice of Deering Center History with the McAuley Students. The dig will take place throughout the fall of 2014, and Norm will present his findings at a public lecture at the Annual Meeting of the DCNA in November.