Hand-painted Wall Murals … circa 1814
In 2002 I spent the month of August in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. My research with Historical Societies, museums and tourism offices before my trip enabled me to map out a route that shunned the highways in favor of the seldom used but picturesque back roads. It was a relaxing and stress free vacation.
My only regret is that I did not see the wonderful murals that I picture here. When I arrived home I found a letter from the Hampden, Maine, Historical Society inviting me to visit them and to view their latest acquisition ... the murals.
They were believed to have been painted by a British Soldier in 1814 and were on the walls of the 200 year old Hampden home of Ada and John Senter. The family donated them in 2001 to the Historical Society for their safe keeping. The society hired a professional conservator from Portland, Me., who painstakingly removed the wallpaper paintings and had them framed.
These murals would have been of particular interest to me since I‘ve painted many a wall scene myself. However, I doubt if I will ever have the pleasure of actually seeing them ... after all Maine is a “fur piece” from North Carolina ... but I did write and thank them for the invitation.