The Arnold Expedition Historical Society is a 501(c)3 corporation established in 1973 in anticipation of the bicentenniel of the expedition in 1975. It then organized and carried out the only large-scale reenactment of the “March to Quebec” ever undertaken. Today, the society owns land and historic easements along the route of the expedition including a camp on Middle Carry Pond for use by members. The society also maintains hiking trails along the route of the expedition and works to collect and document information about the expedition and its participants, including the preservation of artifacts. The headquarters of the AEHS is the Major Reuben Colburn House in Pittston, Maine a Maine State Historic Site leased to the society. Our annual meeting is held each year on the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend.

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Getchells Powder Horn

Getchell's Powder Horn

Getchell’s Powder Horn

A picture of the original horn was provided by John Getchell”s relative who let me have the copy of the photo so that it could be published in the Blog. If you can magnify the picture you can see part of the Horn that has Getchells name and the inscription of Vasselboro Maine where the Getchells were from. The scene depicted on the powder horn resembles that of the Boston Massacre but that is only a guess on my part. It could be of another incident related more closely to their family history .

The list of Getchell relatives that that were hired to scout for the Expedition are as follows: Dennis Getchell, John Getchell and Nehemiah Getchell. They were all from Vasselboro ,Maine including Samuel Berry . John Horn, Isaac Hull, Nathan Parlin, John McCurdy, Luke Sawyer, Christopher Jacquin and John Marsh rounded out the total number of Guides hired by Arnold. Hull was from Waterville , Parlin from Noridgewock , McCurdy from Bristol Maine , Sawyer from Noridgewock , Jacquin from Ticonoc Falls ( Waterville) , and Marsh from Ripley, Maine.

It is obvious that the Expedition recruited man power as it advanced into the wilderness. Not only these guides but also soldiers . In several cases the mans name is listed without a home town but the area lived in is usually mentioned as Maine. The actual body count of volunteers ebbed and flowed as the troops moved onward to Quebec.


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