July 2, 2015
The Frances Perkins Homestead will open for a tour July 12.
The Frances Perkins Center will
offer guided tours of the Frances
Perkins Homestead July 12, Aug. 2,
and Sept. 13.
The Frances Perkins Homestead,
named a National Historic
Landmark by Secretary of the
Interior Sally Jewell in 2014, is
the ancestral home of Frances
Perkins, U.S. secretary of labor
under Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Perkins was the first woman
to serve in a presidential cabinet
and the principal architect behind
many of, the New Deal policies
undertaken to combat the Great
Depression and improve the
lives and working conditions of
generations of Americans.
accomplishments in a long
and productive career, she is
credited with establishing Social
Security, standardizing the 40-
hour work week, banning child
labor, and developing the nation’s
workers’ compensation systems.
Tours provide a glimpse of the
site’s history as a working farm,
brickyard, and home to many
generations of the Perkins family
since the mid-18th century, including
Frances Perkins, its most notable
Tours are $20 per person and
begin at the OceansWide parking
lot at 44 Main St. in Newcastle. ftro
tour times are available each day.
The 9 a.m. tour lasts three hours
and includes the homestead and a
walk to the Damariscotta River.
The 1:30 p.m. tour lasts 11/2 hours
and includes only the Perkins
home. Sturdy walking shoes and a
hat are recommended. To register,
go to http://francesperkinscenter.
call the Frances Perkins Center at
refreshments will be provided.
Tours will be led by Frances
Perkins Center board members and
Perkins’ grandson, Tomlin Perkins
The center encourages those
who go on the tours to enhance
the experience by stopping by to
see its free interpretive exhibit
about Perkins at 170A Main St.
in Damariscotta. The center’s
summer hours are Tuesday through
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
people with mobility issues are
asked to call the center for more