Links to Maine history, archaeology
museums and information sources
Abbe Museum: See the Native
Acadian Archives / Archives acadiennes at the University of Maine at Fort Kent: 25 Pleasant
Street, University of Maine at Fort Kent, Fort Kent, ME 04743, (207) 834-7535.
Ambejejus Lake Boom House
Logging Museum: Garfield Rd. Ashland, ME 04732, (207) 435-6679.
- This museum offers insights into the old days of papermaking. It
is only accessible by snowmobile or boat.
and Center for History: 159 Union Street, Bangor, Maine 04401,
Bar Harbor Historical
Society: Bar Harbor, ME 04609, 207 288-0000.
Society: Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, ME 04530-2632,
Museum: 67 South St. Gorham, Maine 04038, Please call Linda Frinsko
at 207 839-3878.
Society: P.O. Box 280, Beals, ME 04611-0280.
- James Phinney Baxter, sucessful businessman, philanthropist and father
of Governor Percival Baxter, was born in the Baxter House, Gorham Maine,
in 1831 and lived there until the age of nine. In 1907, Baxter presented
an offer to the town of Gorham - he'd fund the building of a public library
in Gorham on the condition that his childhood home be opened as a museum.
The proposal was accepted, and in September 1908 the Baxter Memorial Library
and Baxter Museum opened their doors. June through the end of August,
Baxter Museum will be open on Tuesday and Thursdays from 10 - 1pm. Admission
is free. Group tours are welcome.
Boothbay Harbor Memorial
Library: 4 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04538, (207) 633-3112.
Brick Store Museum:
105 Main St., Kennebunk, ME 04043, (207) 985-4802.
Bryant Stove Museum:
Bryant Stove & Music Inc., 27 Stovepipe Alley, Thorndike, ME 04986,
- "Exhibits focus on social and cultural history, maritime history, the decorative
arts, and regional and national personalities." The Taylor-Barry
House is also open for guided tours in the summer.
Camden Public Library:
55 Main Street, Camden, Maine 04843, (207) 236-3440.
- Antique wood stoves, miniature steam engines, player pianos, music boxes,
autos and even a doll circus.
If you are interested in genealogy, check out this site's listing of genealogical
titles for sale. Noon - 5 daily.
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. 25 Mill St., Rockport, ME 04856. 207-594-5611.
This chronology is posted on the web at the Waterboro Public Library home
Clark Barn Restoration Project
- The Clark Barn is preserved at the Martin farmstead, Searsmont, Maine.
Cole Land Transportation Museum: 405 Perry Road Bangor, ME 04401, (207) 990-3600.
Cove Project and the Penobscot Expedition of 1779
Dixfield Historical Society: PO Box 182, 63 Main St., Dixfield,
- "East Carolina University's Program in Maritime Studies grant to conduct
a Phase II archaeological survey of a potential Revolutionary War shipwreck.
The vessel is believed to be a transport associated with the Penobscot
Expedition of 1779, and is located in the lower Penobscot River at Devereaux
Cove, Stockton Springs, Maine."
DoHistory.org: "A site
that shows you how to piece together the past from the fragments that have
survived. Our case study: Martha Ballard."
of links on Maine Archaeology and Genealogy including a discussion board
and chat room.
Fine Tool Journal:
Antique & Collectible Tools, Inc., 27 Fickett Rd., Pownal, ME 04069.
Fort Kent Historical Site: Off Route 1, Fort Kent, ME 04743, 207
- An excellent source of information on antiquarian tools, with specific
articles on tool related topics in every issue.
Society: Long Island, Frenchboro, ME, 207 334-2932.
of Colonial Pemaquid: PO Box 304, New Harbor, ME 04554.
Friendship Museum: PO Box 2261, Martin Point Rd., Friendship,
Great Cranberry Island Historical
Museum: PO Box 12, Cranberry Isles, ME 04625, 207 244-7358.
Great Harbor Maritime Museum: Northeast Harbor, ME 04662, 207
Historic Liberty: A site with other Liberty, Maine attractions.
the Story of Maine: A Timeline of Maine History
(We have experienced problems with MPBC changing this
link, if it is not working, go to http://www.MBP.org,
then to their TV section and search for "the story of Maine.")
Hudson Museum: See the Native American links.
Isleford Historical Museum:
Little Cranberry Island, ME, 207 288-3338.
- "A representation of the state of Maine through images, history, recipes
and other info." This site includes some "strange but true stories
from Maine history."
Historical Society: Islesford, ME , 207 244-7893.
Jonathan Fisher House: 44 Mines Road Blue Hill, Maine 04614, email@example.com
Kingfield Historical Society: PO Box 238, High St., Kingfield,
ME 04947, 207 265-4032.
L.C. Bates Museum: Rt. 201,
Hinckley, ME 04944, 207 238-4250, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liberty and Montville Community
website: Local town information.
Archaeology Society: The Maine Archaeological Society, Inc., P.O.
Box 982, Augusta, ME 04332-0982, (207) 287-2132.
Maine Archives & Museums:
60 Community Dr., Augusta, ME 04330.
Maine Discovery Museum:
74 Main St., Bangor, ME 04401, (207) 262-7200.
- Look for their Maine Archives & Museums Directory published
Forest & Logging Museum, Leonard's Mills: Route 178, Bradley,
ME 04411, (207) 581-2871.
Center & The
Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History: 5773 South Stevens
Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5773, (207) 581-1891.
Maine Historic Preservation
Commission: 55 Capitol Street, State House Station 65, Augusta,
ME 04333-0065, (207) 287-2132.
Resources: Over 100 links to Websites about Maine history provided
by the Waterboro Public Library.
- The state agency that functions as the State Historic Preservation Office
Maine Humanities Council:
371 Cumberland Ave., Portland, ME 04101, (207) 773-5051.
Maine Maritime Museum:
243 Washington Street, Bath, ME 04530, (207) 443-1316 Maritime@bathmaine.com.
9:30 - 5 daily.
Network: Maine Historical Society, 485 Congress Street, Portland,
ME 04101, (207) 774-1822 x216, email@example.com.
- "Maine's maritime heritage is told through gallery exhibits, an historic
shipyard site, adult and children's educational programs, special events
and narrated excursions."
- 42nd Annual Maritime Symposium, May 3rd, 2014 -- These Contrary Winds: Weather and its Effects on Ships, Mariners, and Maritime History
PO Box 1198, 500 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101, (207) 775-3653.
- "Search for historical documents, view stories on Maine history, save images
in an album, purchase images, even create a slideshow to send to a friend."
- A private non-profit group that works in tandem with the Maine Historic
Maine State Archives:
These contain valuable records of State Government.
Maine State Museum:
83 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0083, (207) 287-6740.
- A site dedicated to Maine quarrying, including a list of Maine quarries
and their history.
Maine Watercraft Museum:
4 Knox Street Landing, Thomaston, Maine 04861, (207) 354-0444.
Maine's First Ship:
PO Box 358, Phippsburg, ME 04562-0358, (207) 389-2990.
& Cultural Museum Association and Monhegan
Island Light: Monhegan Island, Maine 04852
Montpelier - General Henry
Knox Museum: PO Box 326, Thomaston, ME 04861, 207 354-8062, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moosehead Historical Society:
Eveleth-Crafts-Sheridan Historical House & Museum, PO Box 1116, Greenville,
ME 04441, 207 695-2909, email@example.com.
Moosehead Marine Museum: PO Box 1151, Greenville, ME 04441, 207
Mortise & Tenon Magazine: Sedgwick, ME
Desert Island Historical Society: Sound School House & Somesville
Museum, PO Box 653, Mt. Desert, ME 04660, (207) 244-5045.
Natural History Museum:
College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609, (207) 288-5395,
New England Archaeology Institute:
14 Main Street, Suite 210, Brunswick, Maine 04011, 207-725-8402, Fax 207-725-6794.
New England Museum of
Telephony: 166 Winkumpaugh Rd., PO Box 1377, Ellsworth, ME 04605,
Norlands Living History Center:290
Norlands Road, Livermore, ME 04253, (207) 897-4366, fax (207) 897-4963.
- July, August and September on Wednesdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Old Fort Western: 16
Cony Street, Augusta, Maine 04330, (207) 626-2385.
Osher Map Library:This
library, map collection and exhibit is maintained at the Smith Center for
Cartographic Education, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine.
- "Norlands is the family home of the Washburns, one of the great political
dynasties of the 19th century. It is now run as a living history
center offering in-depth experiences in 18th and 19th century rural life."
Owls Head Transportation Museum:
Post Office Box 277, Route 73, Owls Head, ME 04854, 207-594-4418, Fax:
Page Farm & Home Museum:
University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5787, (207) 581-4100.
- "Its purpose is to collect, preserve and exhibit pioneer aircraft, ground
vehicles and engines significant to the evolution of transportation and/or
the state of Maine."
Patten Lumbermen's Museum:
PO Box 300, Shin Pond Rd. Patten, Maine 04765, (207) 528-2650.
- "Maine history relating to farms and farming communities between 1865 and
Society: 159 Park Row, Brunswick, ME 04011, 207-729-6606.
Penobscot Marine Museum:
Church Street at US Route 1, P.O. Box 498, Searsport, Maine 04974-0498,
(207) 548-2529 (fax) (207) 548-2520.
Penobscot Bay History Online
- The Pejepscot Museum, The Skolfield-Whittier House Museum and the Joshua
L. Chamberlain Museum.
(by the Penobscot Marine Museum)
Portland Harbor Museum:
Southern Maine Technical College Fort Road, South Portland, ME, (207) 799-6337
Fax: (207) 799-3862.
Postcards from Liberty: a site by Matt Wheeler devoted to antique images of the Liberty/Montville (Davistown) area.
Maine Quarrying Industry Museum: Rocky
Coast Rock Shop, PO Box 621, 70 Beech Hill Crossroad, Mt. Desert, ME
04660, 207-244-0175 or 1-800-270-6388.
Region Logging Museum: Box 154, Rangeley, ME 04970 (207) 864-3939.
- This new museum is now open, but does not seem to have a website yet.
Contact the museum creators at their business listed above for information.
Ricker Blacksmith Shop: Cherryfield, ME.
- Visits are by appointment only. Contact George Brace at Rays Point
Rd., Milbridge, ME, 04658 (207) 546-2101.
Riversong Housewright: (802) 272-7252
Rockport-Camden Historical Society: at the Conway House Historical
Museum, located on Rt. 1, Elm St., Box 747, Rockport, ME, 04856, 207-236-2257.
The Ruggles House:
RR1 Box 120, Columbia Falls, Maine 04623, (207) 483-4637 (summers), (207)
- 10-4: Tue.-Fri. in July and August.
Rumford Area Historical Society: Munincipal Building, Congress
St., Rumford, ME 04276, 207 364-4067.
Shaker Village: Shaker Museum, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester,
ME 04260, (207) 926-4597.
Shaw & Tenney, Inc.:
P.O. Box 213 (20 Water Street), Orono, Maine 04473, 207-866-4867.
School Street, PO Box 77, Kingfield, Maine 04947, (207) 265-2729.
Stockholm Historical Society: 280 Main St., Stockholm, ME 04783,
- Stanley Steamers (Steam Cars 1905, 1910, 1916). Tuesday through Sunday,
10AM - 4PM, until October 31st.
Skowhegan History House
Swans Island Lobster & Marine Museum: Swan's Island, ME ,
Tate House: P.O. Box
8800, 1270 Westbrook St., Portland, ME 04104, 207 774-6177.
of Maine, Fogler Library, Special Collections Department: Orono
ME 04469, (207) 581-1688.
- "Captain Tate moved from London around 1751, with his wife, Mary, and their
four sons. They arrived in Stroudwater, where Capt. Tate served as
the senior mast agent for the British Royal Navy. The mast industry was
vitally important to ensure England's supremacy on the seas."
History and genealogy information compiled by a volunteer group.
- Sunday, 1-5pm; weekdays, 9am-4pm; closed Saturdays.
Wayne Historical Society: Wayne Historical Society, PO Box 243,
Wayne, ME 04284.
Wendell Gilley Museum of Bird
Carving: PO Box 254, Herrick Rd., Southwest Harbor, ME 04679, 207
Wilhelm Reich Museum:
Orgonon - Dodge Pond Road, P.O. Box 687, Rangeley, ME 04970, (207) 864-3443.
Willowbrook at Newfield:
P. O. Box 28, 68 Elm Street, Newfield, Maine 04056, (207) 793-2784.
- July and August: Wednesday-Sunday 1-5 pm, September: Sundays only 1-5 pm.
- Wilhelm Reich "became one of the great psychoanalytic pioneers before his
clinical studies led him into the laboratory and to investigations of the
energy processes in nature at large." Site of the Orgone Energy Observatory.
The Wilson Museum:
107 Perkins St., Castine, ME 04421, (207) 326-9247.
Wiscasset Public Library:
21 High Street, Wiscasset ME 04578, (207) 882-7161.
Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum: Sheepscot
Station, Alna, ME 04535.
Woodlawn Museum, The Black
House: PO Box 1478, Surry Rd., Ellsworth, ME 04605, 207 667-8671.
Yarmouth Historical Society: PO Box 107, 215 Main St., Yarmouth,
ME 04096-0107, 207 846-6259, firstname.lastname@example.org.