The first tree was felled to begin the settlement of Union on July 19, 1774. In 1786 Union was incorporated as a town.

In 2016 we celebrated that event and honored the dedication of those early families on Founders Day Weekend


A special thanks to Lyle and Jan Cramer for "Keeping the Schedule" - quite a feat in this mobile age, with changes happening daily. We also are grateful to the many other UHS members who helped out in so many ways: Fun Walk, Breakfast, Parade, Canoe Tour, Bus Tours, Colonial Cooking Demonstration, History Seminars, Sales Table, Silent Movie, as well as the myriad behind the scenes preparations!

UHS Come Spring Bus Tour

The Union Historical Society's annual Come Spring Heritage Trail Bus Tour is offered during Founders Day Weekend.  Tickets for the bus tour go on sale about a month before Founders Day. The tour departs from the Old Town House, 128 Town House Road, at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and on 9:30 a.m. on Saturday of Founders Day Weekend. The tour takes place rain or shine and lasts about two and a half hours.

Come Spring Bus Tour tickets may be purchased by calling ahead. Your reservation will be confirmed when your payment has been received. Since this popular event usually sells out, it is recommended to purchase tickets early. Watch this page for an announcement for next year's bus tour dates.

Included in the tour are dismount stops at five historic sites, of which four are located on private property and are not open to the public at other times.  The route follows the Georges River Scenic Byway, identifying sites where Union's early settlers built cabins and lived.  The names of the settlers are documented in town records and their lives and stories are recounted by Ben Ames Williams in his 1940 historical novel Come Spring, reprinted by the Historical Society.  After visiting settlers' gravesites in the Common Cemetery on Ayer Hill, the tour will stop at the cellar hole of the cabin where Philip Robbins' large family spent a crowded winter in 1776, and then at the homestead of Robbins' oldest son David.  After circuit over the blueberry barrens of Clarry Hill, tour participants visit the site of the Royal Mess, the bachelor home of Jason Ware, Joel Adams and Matthias Hawes, overlooking the hillside where Adams and his wife Mima Robbins built their home. 
The final stop is the former Ebenezer Alden Store, where the early family names are recorded in the store's ledger books.

Founders Day Favorite Returns - Canoe Trip on Round Pond and the St. George River

See “Come Spring” sites and wildlife with UHS member & Maine Guide Marion Gray.
Founders Day at 7:30 AM, weather dependent.
All equipment provided. Meet at Ayer Park, Depot Street. Trip lasts about two hours.
Limited to 7 paddlers, age 16 and up.

Silent Movies at the Old Town House

The UHS is pleased to bring the past to life each year at Union’s Old Town House, as we present classic silent films at 7:00 PM on Founders Day.
Doug Protsik, director of the Maine Fiddle Camp and of The Old Grey Goose band, plays the piano accompaniment for the films using his original scores. With a varied background in classical, folk, old-time and dance music, Protsik fell naturally into his role as the “heir” of Danny Patt, who accompanied silent movies at the Old Town House in the 1920s. Doug’s enthusiasm for silent movies has led to work composing and recording original scores for silent film restorations for Turner Classic Movies cable network. A resident of Woolwich, Protsik joined other musicians to form The Old Grey Goose in 1978; their energetic blend of traditional and folk music has become a staple of the Maine music scene.

We are proud to present this old-time entertainment for all ages; families with children are encouraged to attend. We extend a special invitation to present and former military personnel. The Society is grateful for the generous support of one of our members who underwrites this event.

Doors open at the Old Town House at 6:30 PM on Founders Day. There is no charge for admission. A suggested donation of $5.00 is used for maintenance of the fine 1840’s structure.

Union's 242nd year since its founding

Founders Day Weekend WAS held July 15-17, 2016

Thanks to those who helped to make this happen! Watch for information about Founders Day 2017 - July 14, 15 and 16

Lyle Cramer kept the list of organizations and individuals presenting activities during the weekend and the times for those events. Do you have an plan for another year? Email Lyle at to let him know if you can be in charge of an event!

This was the CALENDAR of EVENTS for 2016 Founders Weekend.

If you were not part of the fun, check with your organization or family and friends and join this all town celebration this year!

Friday, July 15

Time Event Location Contact Person Organization
3:00 - 6:00 Farmer's Market w/music &
children's games
Union Common
Elaine Frost
Union Farmer's Market
6:00 - 8:00 Pie Social w/music by Ray Montana & "Among Friends", food for sale Union Common J. Paparello UACoC/Scholarship fund
5:30 - 8:00

7:00- 8:30
Come Spring Bus Tour #1

Come Spring Farm Celebration
Old Town House

Come Spring Farm
Mary Thompson

Vicki Harriman
Union Historical Society -

Come Spring Players and Peter Duffy

Saturday, July 16

Time Event Location Contact Person Organization
All Day Golf Union Country Club Hank Aho Union Country Club, Barrett Hill Rd.
(Greens fees benefit Vose Library)
7:00 - 8:00 Brian Cramer Memorial Fun Walk Union Fair Grounds Sarah Drickey Benefits Vose Library
7:00 - 9:30 Pancake Breakfast People's United Methodist Church Dan Day, Jeff Nims PUMC
7:30 - 9:30 Come Spring Canoe Tour Ayer Park and Round Pond Marion Gray UHS - RESERVATIONS NEEDED
9:00 - 3:30
9:15 -9:45
Quilt Show
"COLOR - The Choice is Yours" - talk
People's United Methodist Church Becky Brooks UHS
9:30 - 12:00 Come Spring Bus Tour #2 Old Town House Mary Thompson UHS - RESERVATIONS NEEDED
9:30 - 2:00
UHS Information & Sales Table
Vendors and Crafters
Matthews Museum/Moxie Table
Union Common
Elaine Tracy

George Gross
Union Historical Society

Matthews Museum
10:00 - 4:00 Matthews Museum Open Union Fairgrounds Irene Hawes Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage
10:00 -10:30

10:00 - 2:00

10:30 - 2:00
Parade - with Midcoast Brass Quintet & Bay Winds Ensemble
Face Painting & Children's Games & Dunk Tank
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides

Fire Station to the Common

Union Common

Union Fairgrounds

Ezra Casas

Tara Wellman/Jay Feyler

Rai Bernheim

Camden National Bank

Parents Organization/Town of Union

Flicker Hill Farm
10:45 - 11:30
12:00 - 12:30
Brass Quintet plays at the bandstand
Bay Winds Ensemble plays
Union Common
Peter Stuart
Marlene Hall
Friends of Founders Day
11:30 - 1:00 Chicken Barbecue Union Common Dan Beardsley Union Masons
12:00 - 1:00

1:00 - 1:45
1:45 - 2:30
2:30 - 3:15
Come Spring Play Live

Colonial Cooking Demo
Old Foundations-Clarry Hill discovery
Medical Care by Horseback
Robbins House - across the Common
P. Duffey & V. Harriman

Tamara Konckal, Old York, ME
Jeff Nims
Vicki Harriman

Come Spring Players

Union Historical Society

7:00 - 9:00 Silent Movie - Harold Lloyd comedy Old Town House Jack Green (Doug Protsik-Piano) Union Historical Society
7:00  - 11:00 Country Dance Union Masonic Hall, Sennebec Rd.
Union Masons

Sunday, July 17

Time Event Location Coordinator Organization
9:45  - 10:15
10:30 - 11:35
Gospel Music Concert
Community Worship Service
Union Common - if raining, these events will be at the church Rev. Ed Bove People's United Methodist Church
2:00 - 3:00
Dave Mallet concert FREE
Savage Oaks Winery (11-5 PM)
Holly Savage
Winery at 174 Barrett Hill, Union
11:00 - 5:00
Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery
The Bodines
Distillery & Winery at 347 Carroll Rd.

Bring a chair for events on the Common.


We are sorry that during Founders Day Weekend, our phone will be answered on a very limited basis. Please use the numbers listed with activities to make reservations.

Here are some photos from past Founders Day celebrations:


Tumblewood Inc. held its first World Games on the Common in Union. FMI on this Union made game and its creator, see

Bus Tour The Come Spring Bus Tour held many delights for those interested in the history of Union, as well as those who enjoy the landscape of woods, ponds and farms that remains little changed from the early days after settlement. Several stops are on private property where the owners graciously host the tour participants and share the sites of the founders’ first dwellings. This plaque marks the cellar hole of the cabin where Phillip Robbins and his large family spent their first winter in 1774.

The Come Spring Cabin was in the parade on Founders Day and was a backdrop for the “Come Spring Chronicles,” a dramatization of the popular historical novel COME SPRING (1940).

“Welcome Home Vets” was the theme of the Founders Day parade.


The cast for the “Come Spring Chronicles,” a dramatization of the popular historical novel COME SPRING (1940) which was set in Union by author Ben Ames Williams, using actual people, places and events to tell of the early settlement of a typical inland Maine town during the time of the Revolutionary War.

Moxie inventor, Augustin Thompson, was from Union; on Founders Day everyone has MOXIE!

Alden Store

Tour Bus participants end their tour at the Ebenezer Alden property. When Alden built his store, the first in Union in 1797, there were just 20 families in town. This barn was a later addition to the property in the mid-1860’s.

The MidCoast Community Band, directed by Joann Parker, played for the crowds on Founders Day in Union.

Moon Bounce

The Selectmen of Union coordinated the events of Founders Day. Here they work to deflate the “Moon Walk” that children had enjoyed during the day.

A Sunday morning worship service on the Common began with gospel music.