“Escape from Bunker Hill” is a story about the Underground Railroad. The storyline tells of the escape of slaves from a plantation named Bunker Hill in Jacksonville, FL, all the way to central Maine. This is arranged by the plantation owners Dr. Joseph & Myra Mitchell. They are western Maine natives, born in Newfield, who resided in Manchester, NH, Calais, ME and then Jacksonville before returning to Maine at the outbreak of the Civil War. The Mitchells were actual people, but the storyline sprung from the author’s imagination as she researched the couple’s home in Readfield, ME. The appendix provides information about the real Mitchells and other actual people, events, places, publications and organizations in the novel, that really did exist during that era. See the book summary below to learn more.
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AVAILABLE VIA THIS WEB SITE AND AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
Kennebec Cabin Company (Maine Cabin Masters), 915 Western Ave (Rte. 202), Manchester, ME
Hussey's General Store, 510 Ridge Road (Rte. 32), Windsor, ME
The Weathervane, 1030 Main St. (Rte. 17), Readfield, ME
Cross Hill Farm, 959 Cross Hill Road, Vassalboro, ME (call ahead 207-441-9184)
Great Northern Motor Works, 1697 Main St. (Rte. 17) Kents Hill, ME
Readfield Historical Society, 759 Main St. (Rte. 17) Readfield Depot, ME
More sites will be announced soon!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Joseph Mitchell is a native of Newfield, ME who becomes involved in the Underground Railroad while a student at nearby Parsonsfield Seminary. After medical school he marries Myra Chase from his hometown and they become Underground Railroad operatives, leading them from Manchester, NH to Calais, ME, New Brunswick, Canada and South to Bunker Hill Plantation in Jacksonville, FL before returning to Maine.
In Jacksonville the Mitchells befriend a young enslaved woman named Sally and they orchestrate her escape to freedom, along with three of her friends. The four young black people ensue on a perilous journey of 1,500 miles by sea, railroad and on rivers, lakes and land to reach their destination in central Maine. When Fort Sumter is attacked The Mitchells flee from Jacksonville with hopes they will connect with Sally and her friends somewhere up North. While en-route the Mitchells and the four runaways meet some famous abolitionists of the day.
“Escape from Bunker Hill” tells a story like the hazardous escapes undertaken by thousands of enslaved people before Emancipation. The appendix offers information about the people, events, places publications and organizations that are included in the storyline and actually did exist during those troublesome times.
BOOK REVIEWS and FEEDBACK:
Dale Potter-Clark has an easy style of writing that flows easily and made it hard to put down. It certainly will appeal to a wide range of people. It’s got the regional interest that they like, but it will also appeal to American History buffs too. The appendix is equally as interesting as the story itself. For a work of fiction, I am very impressed with it.
Stu Tinker, Betts Book Store, Bangor, Maine
"I just finished reading Escape from Bunker Hill. I could not put it down. It did what good historical fiction does; it made me feel like I was there. The connection with Readfield and Winthrop, Maine was a bonus."
Dr. Vern Adams, Tampa Florida
"I just finished reading Escape from Bunker Hill. This historical novel made this courageous journey, travelled by so many, very real for me. I have read many nonfiction and fiction books about the UGRR, but being a lifelong resident of Ohio, most were the journeys taken through Ohio and then north. This book opened my eyes to what the escapees had to endure, going so much further north. Not only the added distance but constant concern for who would help, who could be trusted, being hunted, and also extreme weather conditions on land and sea going into the northeast. Being a frequent visitor to the area of Maine where the story takes place helped me to visualize as well. Dale did a remarkable amount of research, noted in the appendix of her book, providing information about people, places, events and publications from this time period. I would highly recommend Escape from Bunker Hill to anyone interested in the history of the Underground Railroad."
Mary Engle, Canfield, Ohio
TALKS AND SIGNINGS:
Thursday, August 11, 2022 6 p.m. at the Winthrop History Center, 107 Main St. Winthrop
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 6 p.m. at Community Library, 1151 Main St. Readfield
Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022 2:00 p.m. at Kennebec Cabin Company, 915 Western Ave, Manchester
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 6:00 p.m. at Dr. Shaw Library, Church Rd. Mt. Vernon CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER. WILL BE RE-SCHEDULED COME SPRING
Sunday, May 21, 2023 2:00 p.m. at Alfred Shaker Museum, 118 Shaker Hill Rd, Alfred
CHECK BACK AS MORE WILL BE SCHEDULED SOON...