Local historian Anne Hopper led fourth-graders (from left) Bailey Bridges, Jayson Gerrish and Autumn Beal on a tour through Prospect Harbor. BARBARA BOWEN PHOTO

Fourth-graders journey back in time during tour

GOULDSBORO — Seventeen fourth-graders recently rediscovered the Gouldsboro village of Prospect Harbor on a walking tour that took them back 200 years.

Led by local historian Anne Hopper, the K-8 Peninsula School’s fourth-grade class learned, among other things, that a three-story building, in which ice was stored for shipping, stood where the Dorcas Library stands today. The 180-square-foot “ice house” straddled the library’s entire grounds and even some neighboring properties. Before fridges were invented, the schoolchildren discovered ice was a major commodity in the United States.

In addition, the fourth-graders learned that the British Admiralty knew Prospect Harbor as watering cove because a stream emptied into the harbor was a source of fresh water.

The fourth-graders also found out that grammar school students in the mid-1900s were tasked with making their own folded paper drinking cups.

During the 1.5-hour tour, the Peninsula students stopped by the Prospect Harbor Women’s Club, where they examined old report cards and textbooks showing that elementary school education was rigorous and demanding back in the mid-1900s. The tour was made possible jointly by the Dorcas Library and Gouldsboro Historical Society.

To learn more visit www.dorcaslibrary1.org and gouldsborohistory.org.

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