Historical Association to Present Two Events About Maine’s First Novelist


The Lincoln County Historical Association offers two opportunities to learn more about Maine’s first novelist, Sally Wood.

Sally Wood Lincoln County Historical Association

Also known as Madame Wood, the writer 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”.

Curator, independent scholar and speaker Alice Smith Duncan will give an online Zoom presentation, “Rediscovering Madame Sally Wood, Maine’s First Novelist on Wednesdays,” July 6 at 6 p.m.

On July 10 at 4 p.m., Smith Duncan will lead a walking tour of Wood’s Wiscasset. Tour participants will be introduced to aspects of Wiscasset that were familiar to Wood.

Alice Smith Duncan Lincoln County Historical Association

To register for either event, visit lincolncountyhistory.org. Both programs are free, but donations are accepted.

The public is also invited to visit special exhibits on women writers from Lincoln County at the Museum & Old Jail in Wiscasset, the Pownalborough Court House in Dresden and the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta as part of a celebration of a year. An extensive exhibit at the museum and former jail is supported by Raymond McKinley Rideout Jr. and Marguerite Waterman Rideout Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

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