We recently went to Paris for Founder’s Day. Haven’t heard of Founder’s Day in Paris…Paris, Maine that is. The village is home to a National Historic District of elegant 18th and 19th century homes. The views over the mountains and lakes are spectacular, now and especially during fall foliage season.
Held in July on the green in historic Paris Hill, Founder’s Day features the extensive private collection of Bob Bahre. It features over 60 vehicles featuring Packards, Duesenbergs, Stutz Bearcats and more. I think if you are a car enthusiast and in the New England area, this once a year event is a must see. If you aren’t crazy about cars, I have more to show you…besides classic cars, a wonderful collection of dolls, a nearby garden, a wonderful bakery and a previously mentioned buffalo farm.
Founder’s Day benefits the Hamlin Memorial Library and Museum which is dedicated to the preservation of a unique granite building that was the original 1822 Oxford County Jail. It now houses a public library and museum. Paris Hill is known as the birthplace of Hannibal Hamlin, vice president during Abraham Lincoln’s first term.
There were vendors selling a variety of homemade craft items and food.
There was a large collection of antique dolls and toys.
I was excited to see an antique Hawaiian doll with grass skirt that I own…can’t wait to find out more information on the doll.
The cars were just incredible as you can see. It was hard to pick just a few of the many photos taken that day.
After leaving the event we drove to the McLaughlin Garden.
It is a century-old farmstead and barn with a collection of trees, woody shrubs, and perennials.
The gardens were started by Bernard McLaughlin in 1936. Mr. McLaughlin had no formal horticultural training but planted and cared for his gardens single-handedly for most of his life.
The garden has become one of Maine’s most loved gardens.
After his death, the 4.5 acres of gardens, the 1850 house and barn came under the care of The McLaughlin Foundation. The foundation runs programs, a gift shop and a seasonal café.
After leaving the Paris area, we drove through Norway…Maine. We made two stops in North Waterford before heading home.
Marta’s Bakery was first on the route. Marta and her family moved from Prague to Boston. She was well known for her fine pastries. She moved to Maine and opened her own bakery where she specializes in wedding cakes, Czech and seasonal specialties. She also has a wide variety of cakes, pies, and pastries. Our favorites are her incredible pecan sticky buns and cinnamon raisin buns.
A little way down the road was Beech Hill Farm and Bison Ranch where we picked up our buffalo ribeye steak mentioned in a earlier post.
We had a wonderful day and arrived home in time to enjoy a cocktail on the dock.