Discover Maine’s first female novelist online July 6, in person July 10 in Wiscasset


Mrs. Sally Wood, a gothic novelist, was an eccentric person. Alice Smith Duncan tells it all in a Zoom presentation on July 6 and a walking tour on July 10. Photo submitted

Lincoln County Historical Association plans to offer two upcoming opportunities to learn more about Madame Wood online on July 6 and in person on July 10.

Mrs. Sally Wood (1759-1855), considered Maine’s first female novelist, was actually writing novels even before Maine became a state. Wood published her first novel in 1800 under the pseudonym “A Lady of Massachusetts”. After Maine became a state in 1820, she changed her alias to “A Lady of Maine,” according to a press release from the association.

Alice Smith Duncan presents a lecture and walk on the theme of Mrs. Sally Wood, Maine’s first novelist. Photo submitted

Curator, independent scholar and lecturer Alice Smith Duncan will give an online Zoom presentation, Rediscovering Madame Sally Wood, Maine’s First Novelist, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6. The following Sunday, July 10 at 4 p.m., Smith Duncan will lead a walking tour of Madame Wood’s Wiscasset. Tour participants will be introduced to aspects of Wiscasset that were familiar to Mrs. Wood.

To register for the online presentation and/or the visit, go to the association’s website, go to Events and complete the registration form(s). Both programs are free, but donations will be accepted.

The public is invited to view special exhibits on Lincoln County women writers at the Museum & Old Jail, 133 Federal St., Wiscasset, Pownalborough Court House, 23 Courthouse Road, Dresden and Chapman-Hall House, 270 Main St., Damariscotta. The association presents these programs as part of its year of celebrating these talented women. A particularly large exhibit at the museum and former jail is supported by the Maine Community Foundation’s Raymond McKinley Rideout Jr. and Marguerite Waterman Rideout Fund.

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