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B. A. Williams Union's early history comes alive through this well-written and thoroughly researched historical novel about the pioneers Mima Robbins and Joel Adams.

Author Ben Ames Williams based his work on the historical facts detailed in John Langdon Sibley's History of the Town of Union. Williams claimed to have walked all the paths covered in Come Spring. The UHS has contracted with the Williams family to republish this book.

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A prolific writer of fiction, Williams published this work in 1940. Mug In 1990 Union Historical Society celebrated the 50th anniversary of publication with a symposium which was attended by Williams' family members. A young maple tree was planted on the Common with a memorial plaque and commemorative mugs with the Come Spring logo of flying geese were made by Union Stoneware.

A Come Spring quiz was generated which combines questions about details of the book's narrative with general knowledge questions about contemporary events, social customs and agricultural practices - a useful tool for history teachers.

Come Spring Current Cover

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Come Spring Inside Cover

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Come Spring Heritage Trail

Heritage Trail The Union Historical Society, with a New Century Community Program grant from the Maine Humanities Council, developed this self-guided tour for the sites in Union associated with the historical novel Come Spring, 1940, by Ben Ames Williams. Heritage Map Please remember most of these sites are on private property. You will see instructions to pull to the side of the road and notice the various numbered items within the folder. You will not see actual "log cabins" in which the settlers of the town lived, but rather the properties where the founding fathers and mothers of Union, then Sterlingtown, built their first small rustic dwellings and where they later constructed larger homes for growing families and subsequent generations. (The Historical Society has negotiated for the use of the copyright of COME SPRING.)

The images to the left and right can be enlarged if you click on them, thus offering you a full map and step by step instruction to accomplish the Heritage Trail by yourself. Please respect the privacy of the present residents on the trail stops.

The UHS makes arrangements for visits to several properties during the Founders Day celebrations, held each year on the weekend closest to July 19.  This year the Come Spring Bus Tour will be held at 5:30 PM on Friday evening, July 15 and on Saturday morning at 9:00, July 16.  Reservations are required. Please call 207-385-4611 and leave a message.

For other questions and your comments, please contact the UHS at info@unionhistoricalsociety.org and 207-785-5444 where you can leave a message and someone will return your call.

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