NEWCASTLE — The Frances Perkins Center will host guided tours of the Frances Perkins Homestead National Historic Landmark in Newcastle later this this summer.

“We are delighted to be able to open the treasured Perkins Homestead to guests,” said Michael Chaney, executive director of the Perkins Center. “Frances Perkins called this slice of agricultural Maine her one true home, and we hope all those who visit here will feel the same sense of connection to this place that Frances did.”

The tour will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.

The Frances Perkins Homestead, named a National Historic Landmark in 2014, is the ancestral home of Frances Perkins, U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 to 1945. Perkins was the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet and was the principal architect of New Deal programs to combat the Great Depression that improved the lives and working conditions for generations of Americans.

Tours will be led by Frances Perkins Center board members, archeologist Tim Dinsmore, who has conducted surveys of the site, and Perkins’ grandson, Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall. The tours will include a look at the site’s history as a working farm, brickyard and home to many generations of the Perkins family since the mid-18th century, including Frances Perkins, its most notable member.

Tours are $22 per person. Transportation to the Homestead is provided by the center and will depart from downtown Newcastle.

There are two tours available on Sept. 8. The 9 a.m. tour lasts three hours and includes the Homestead and a walk to the Damariscotta River. The 1:30 p.m. tour is two hours and includes only the Perkins home. Bottled water and light refreshments will be provided.

To register, visit francesperkinscenter.org, email [email protected] or call 563-3374.