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Union's early history comes alive through this well-written and thoroughly
researched historical novel about the pioneers Mima Robbins
Author Ben Ames Williams
based his work on the
historical facts detailed in John Langdon
Sibley's History of the Town of Union
claimed to have walked all the paths covered in Come
. The UHS has contracted with the Williams family to
republish this book.
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, please see our page "Items for Sale" at the bottom of the
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A prolific writer of fiction, Williams published this work in 1940.
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
Come Spring Inside Cover
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Come Spring Original Cover
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Come Spring 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
, by Ben Ames Williams.
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
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 email@example.com
and 207-785-5444 where you can leave a message and someone will return