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Historical Society to tour early cemetery

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Doug Hodgkin of Androscoggin Historical Society will lead a tour of Clough Cemetery in South Lewiston on Saturday, October 11.

As one of the earliest burying grounds in Lewiston and the final resting place of some of its earliest town leaders, the Clough Cemetery on Lisbon Road has tales to tell: of conflicts between early settlers (some of them squatters) and Edward Little’s father, Josiah; of a family squabble over ownership of the family farm; and of a soldier in the American Revolution.

The Androscoggin Historical Society will present a tour of the cemetery on Saturday, October 11 at 2 p.m. Included on the tour will be the Clough Meeting House of 1846, listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the oldest existing church building in Lewiston.

The tour will be led by Doug Hodgkin, a retired professor of political science at Bates College who has ancestors buried in the cemetery. He will relate stories about the founding of the railroad at Crowley’s Junction, the Clough Meeting House, and the Lewiston Grange.

Hodgkin was a member of the Bates College faculty from 1966 until 2002, serving as chair of the Political Science Department for ten years. After retiring, he focused on local history. His publications include “Lewiston Memories: A Bicentennial Pictorial,” “The Grange at Crowley’s Junction,” and “Frontier to Industrial City: Lewiston Town Politics, 1770–1863.” Hodgkin has served as president, board member and newsletter editor of the Androscoggin Historical Society.

The cemetery is located at 1920 Lisbon Road, across from the South Lewiston Baptist Church. There is no charge for the tour, but donations are welcome.

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