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Gibson's Grove
Gibson's Grove was on the western shore of Lake Pennesseewassee, about halfway up the lake.  In its day, it was a very popular location to have a picnic and enjoy the lake.  Picnics seem to have been more of an educational experience than they are today.


From the Oxford County Advertiser July 7, 1882

Fourth of July (Grange) Picnic at Gibson's Grove

There having been no arrangements made for celebrating the 4th at Nor­way, the Grangers conceived the idea of a picnic at Gibson's Grove, and on Saturday at the regular meeting of the Grange it was decided to have a basket picnic, and as many as could would go. No programme was arranged for the entertainment but such as might suggest itself on arrival at the Grove. According­ly at about eleven o'clock there had assembled quite a respectable number, all intent on the one idea of having a good time. It was found that there had assem­bled sufficient material for an intellectual entertainment in the form of singing, speaking, etc. After the material entertainment had been successfully disposed of E. H. Brown was called to preside, and the entertainment opened with singing "My Country 'tis of Thee," under the direction of Wm. C. Hobbs, assisted by all that could sing. Ira G. Sprague was then introduced and made some remarks adapted to the occasion in his very ready and pleasing manner. Master Claud Cox was then introduced by the president, as a prospective representative of the literary abilities of the Grangers who recited a poem of his own composition, in­dicating much of the necessary qualities for a man of literature. Another song was sung after which the Hon. J. W. Prentice of Paris was introduced, who gave a very entertaining address particularly adapted to the progress of the country, interspersed with recitations of poems which made it very interesting and enter­taining. U. H. Upton, one of Norway's honored citizens was then called to make some remarks which he did very acceptably, and the exercises were then brought to a close by a few practical remarks by Mr. Sprague. The day was beautiful and all were happy, and all were of the opinion it was a good way to spend the 4th and would do it again in the same way.