The Farnham Point Association celebrated its 50th anniversary on July 31 with a community and social potluck. The Association was formed in 1971 primarily to deal with roads and driveways, several members said. However, with much of the Point now being part of the Association, it has also become a matter of community and socialization. The history of the region was one of the main topics of discussion for the afternoon.
“The Point was obviously named after the Farnhams who have been here since at least the War of Independence,” said Bonnie Hunter. “This we know, although I have tried to find out whether they have ever owned any part of this land. “
Chris Hunter, Bonnie’s husband, said the Point’s greatest historical figure was Jonathan Farnham Jr., a bodyguard officer for George Washington. Farnham was born in 1753 in Plymouth, New Hampshire, died in 1823 in East Boothbay, and his widow, Dorcas Farnham, received 200 acres from the state of Maine. Two Farnhams, including Jonathan Jr., were buried in a Pointe cemetery, he said. “The United States was a little slow in giving that land away because, well, it was in debt. “
The Point’s oldest resident, Nancy Adams, said she and her boyfriend were camping out at Farnham Point in the early 1960s when they worked at local restaurants while saving for college. When the couple returned to buy the property a few years later, they found several trees marked with orange ribbons. “We said, ‘I guess we’re a little too late! “”
Adams said that shortly after that she bought what was once the dining room and main cabin of a former “boys’ camp” before it passed through a few families. “But it burned down in 95, so we built another one. “
The fire was a serious loss of history, as the walls and beams contained notes on the excursions and adventures of previous owners and tenants, almost like a diary, Adams said. “It was a camp, so they had no problem writing on the walls. It was so interesting… but of course we didn’t write anything down, so I can’t remember everything that was on the wall, but it was really interesting to see what people had done.
The Hunters said Tony Curulla, another resident, ended up with a slice of Revolutionary-era history, although the house is not listed on the National Historic Register. Curulla said: “We were stupidly lucky to be able to buy a house from John Quincy Adams’ great-great-grandson, John Quincy Adams III. He built it in 1994 so it’s not an old piece of history. He designed it, built it. Interestingly, he was also the last to live in Quincy’s big house at the Adams’ house.
As the Association has become a means of socialization for the residents, the real goal has emerged with the discussions on the roads, the winter and the dues. Former Boothbay Harbor resident and 21-year Point resident Steve Hughes and Roads Committee member Bob Cross spoke of political niche and a patch of ice that returns every year.
“They’re snow bunnies here,” Hughes said of a few members. On November 1, “it’s not too crowded here and Christmas is just wonderful,” he said.