Leon Cranmer


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Leon Cranmer Continues Fort Western’s Bicentennial Lecture Series with a Lecture on Early Trading Posts in Central Maine along the Kennebec River

In the fourth of a series of lectures sponsored Old Fort Western and the Maine Bicentennial Commission, Leon Cranmer presents “The 17th Century Trading Posts along the Kennebec”. This overview of the 17th & 18th Century trading posts of the Kennebec River will focus on Neumkeag (Pittston), Cushnoc (Augusta), Taconnet (Winslow), and Arrowsic (Southern Maine). The lecture filmed by CTV-7 can be viewed for free on CTV-7 and from the City of Augusta Website, Fort Western’s Website and Fort Western’s Facebook page.

Leon (Lee) Cranmer is an historical archaeologist who retired in August 2010 from the staff of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. He has a BS from Stockton University, and a BA in anthropology and MA in history/historical archaeology from the University of Maine. Lee has worked in archaeology in Maine for almost 30 years and has conducted archaeology for the state of Maine for well over 20 years. Prior to that he spent two seasons in England doing archaeology. He has written two books and numerous articles on Maine historical archaeology. He has excavated hundreds of Maine sites for which he has written or co-authored site reports. Prior to his archaeology career, Lee spent 7 years in the Navy and is a Vietnam veteran. He lives in Somerville, Maine, with his wife Liz. He is a retired  Historic Archaeologist, MHPC, and Author, Cushnoc: The History and Archaeology of Plymouth Colony Traders on the Kennebec and Co-Author of The History and Archaeology of Fort Halifax, Winslow, Maine, both occasional Publications in Maine Archaeology (Nos. 7 and 17).

Come meet Lee in person at Fort Western on Saturday, July 24, 2021 for a Meet & Greet from 1pm to 4pm where he will entertain questions on these early 17th and 18th century truckhouses. During the hours of the Meet & Greet, our normal admission rate will be reduced to $6.00.