I first visited this forgotten place around two years ago on a very hot summer day.  Hearing a local rumour of a doctor's house deep in the woods and an associated stone bridge from the Revolutionary War, we headed into the hills of central Maine to find it. After a long drive down a rocky and pitted dirt road that runs to a valley between two local mountains, we located the house. It now stands quite alone, with no neighbours, seemingly abandoned in the 1980s. We quickly photographed the interior and left.  At the time it did not strike me to record it on video in isolation of a larger context, despite being a good example of an early lower upper-class rural home.

This quickly changed two years later when another local tip-off on a once-thriving rural crossroads called Times Square, soon connected this house to two others and numerous cellar hole within a lost village called Owl's Head. On our return trip two years later, driving back down the same pitted and unkempt road, we located one of the early houses and its 1800s barn.  Further, we found a more modern abandoned house built over one of the originals. I then delved deep into local family histories and death records until we were able to piece together the small-town story of this village and the closely-knit members of the three families, who were to intermarry and in time spread further afield.

The village of Owl's head now stands empty, deep within the Maine woods, its extremely rare Revolutionary War bridge decaying, and its inhabitants lost to time. However, the very families who once lived within its now-forgotten homes and who were key to the foundation of the two modern towns they now straddle are now no longer voiceless. For a full exploration of their tale and that of this lost village whose history has never before been told, visit the link below.

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