Please note THERE IS A FEE for this event. All proceeds go to the Portsmouth African Burying Ground Memorial Park Fund . Price is $60.00, please register through the Discover Portsmouth Center. [masked]
Celebrate Juneteenth , a uniquely American holiday, with the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail as we return to a historic house that once welcomed African American travelers on summer vacation. Kim Sylvester, the new owner of Rock Rest, was inspired by the history of the house and the people associated with its story. She invites us to return to see the renovations and to celebrate.
Join us on the lawn at Rock Rest for:
A talk and A tour of the renovated house
Hearty hors d’oeuvres and wine
A live auction including items of local interest
and antique appraisals
PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A CHARGE FOR THIS EVENT:
$60 per person
Includes everything and appraisal of 3 items
Additional items are $10 each. All of the proceeds benefiting the Portsmouth African Burying Ground Trust Fund.
Please bring photographs of larger pieces.
Recent Press on Rock Rest History:
Maine Boats Houses and Harbors features an extensive article by Janet Mendelsohn in the April/May issue entitled “Pre-Civil Rights Vacation
Destination…” with many color photos, interviews and stories about the
significance of Rock Rest as an historic landmark.
*Rock Rest, Kittery, Maine. Milne Special Collections and Archives Department, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.
Rock Rest: Black Visitors in Vacationland
Rock Rest was an inn for African American guests in Kittery Point, Maine. Owned and operated by Clayton and Hazel Sinclair, who gave up their own beds to guests coming to vacation in Maine during the summer months from 1948 to 1976, its story reflects much of the racial history of the 20th century in northern New England, including the pre-Civil Rights era of de facto segregation when racial discrimination pervaded public and private life. It is also the story of a couple’s determination to make a better life for themselves against great odds, by working hard and integrating themselves into the dominant society, yet still speaking out and taking action to end injustice. Clayton and Hazel helped establish the first seacoast branch of the NAACP.