Documentary chronicles walk from Quebec to Biddeford
BIDDEFORD (WGME) -- A father and daughter embark on a journey made by their ancestor, one of the first Franco-American settlers in Biddeford.
Their story is being told in a new documentary.
In 1845, Israel Shevenell walked from Quebec to Biddeford, Maine, in search of a better life.
He was just 19. He went on to become a bricklayer in the town, eventually moving his family from Canada to Maine.
The story of his journey is family lore in the Shevenell family, and when 76-year-old Ray Shevenell, then 74, decided to retrace Israel’s steps, his daughter Tonya decided to go along, and film her first documentary.
The Shevenell's averaged 16 to 17 miles a day.
There are several upcoming screenings of the movie, "The Home Road," and you can also watch it online.
For more information visit www.thehomeroad.com.