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Washburn - Norlands Living History Center
Norlands was once
the home of the Israel and Martha Washburn family. Today
it is a museum offering living history of the 18th and 19th
centuries on a farm. 290 Norlands Road in Livermore, ME.
Located in Van Buren, Maine, this is one of the largest
historical sites in Maine. The site includes many
historic structures which have been moved to the site.
You will find a railroad station, Our Lady of Assumption
Chapel, a blacksmith shop, The Hamlin Schoolhouse, a
The Roy House (an authentic log house),
The Morneault House and many more buildings.
Fort Kent State Historic Site
History and Census]
Construction of the historic fort was completed
in 1839. What remains today is the blockhouse.
Fort Kent was Maine's first state historic site. Located
in the Town
of Fort Kent.
Pelletier-Marquis House [More
A historic home which is known as "everyman's
home' because of it's humble appearance. This home is
typical of the way the average working man lived in early
Maine. Located on Maine Route 162 in St. Agatha, ME.
Center for Maine History Museum [Genealogy Research]
The museum is
focused on the history of Maine with exhibits of Native
American artifacts, paintings, art, clothing, tools and other
memorabilia related to Maine history. The research
library offers a large collection of genealogical materials
including maps, manuscripts, photographs, databases and
indexes. Located at 489 Congress Street in Portland, ME.
Eighth Maine Regiment Memorial
Maine Regimental History]
The Eighth Maine Regiment Memorial Lodge was
built in 1891. It's original purpose was to house
women and children who were camping in tents during the
Eighth Maine Regiment reunions. Today it is a place to
learn about the 8th Maine Regiment, the Civil War, Peaks
Island and the island's role in two world wars.
Facilities are available for special event rentals.
Located at 13 Eighth Maine Avenue in Peaks Island, ME.
Fifth Maine Museum
Maine Regimental History]
The museum is focused on the history of Peaks
Island where pioneers settled as early as the 17th century.
Exhibits include Peaks Island pioneer history, historical
regimental artifacts of Maine's Fighting Fifth, exhibits
about "The Coney Island of Maine" and Peaks Island Military
Reservation which was established during WWII along with
others. A Civil War Encampment is held annually.
Located at 45 Seashore Avenue in Peaks Island, ME.
Gibbs Avenue Museum
Featuring the rich history of Bridgton, Maine,
the museum is housed in the 1878 former fire station.
Located in Downtown Bridgton, ME.
The Harpswell Historical Society Archives and Museum
Housed inside the former Bailey's Store at
Harpswell Center, the museum features collections of
historical artifacts and records related to the early
history of Harpswell, Maine. Located at 929 Harpswell
Neck Road in Harpswell, ME.
Joshua L. Chamberlain House
Once home to the
Joshua L. Chamberlain family, Tours of the home offer the
history of Chamberlains life and family. He was once the
Governor of Maine and a war hero at Gettysburg. Address
is 226 Maine Street in Brunswick, ME.
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum
The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad
Co. & Museum is a non-profit indoor-outdoor museum
celebrating Maine's industrial history and technology
primarily through its historic, operating two-foot gauge
railroad. Narrow gauge railroads operated in Maine from the
1880s to the 1940s, connecting smaller rural communities
with the larger, standard gauge railroads. Enjoy magnificent
views of Portland's working waterfront aboard antique rail
cars pulled by hard-working steam and diesel locomotives.
Located at 58 Fore Street in Portland, ME.
Captain James Means in 1797. The Federal-style home
continued to be a private residence up until 1996 when it
was purchased by the Colonial Dames of the State of Maine.
It serves as the offices for the Tate House Museum and
features a museum shop and meeting space of the Maine Dames.
The home is available for rental. Located directly
across the street from Tate
House at 1270 Westbrook Street in Portland, ME.
Narramissic, The Peabody-Fitch Farm
Take a tour of
this 1797 farmhouse and discover what life was like during
the Civil War era. Originally built in 1797 by William
Peabody, the home is being restored to reflect the style of
the mid 19th century. Open for tours in the summer
season. Be sure to check for times. Located in
Home to the
Pejepscot Historical Society, the museum preserves and
displays the history of Brunswick, Topsham and Harpswell while
housing a research library to help visitors discover the
history of the area and their own family ancestry. 159
Park Row, Brunswick, ME.
Skolfield Whittier House
This historic home
was completed between 1858 and 1862. The home is
furnished exactly as it was left in 1925, offering visitors a
glimpse into the past. The house has been called home by
three generations of a Brunswick family: Alfred Skolfield, Dr.
Alice A. S. Whittier and Dr. Frank Whittier. Located at
161 Park Row, Brunswick, Maine.
Tate House Museum and Gardens [History]
Erected in 1755
for George Tate and his family, the lovely Georgian
townhouse has been restored and is available for tours and
rental. Holding the distinction of being recognized as
a National Historic Landmark, the home is exceptional for
interpreting the heritage of the United States.
Located at 1267 Westbrook Street in Portland, ME.
Wadsworth - Longfellow House
Built in 1785 by
General Peleg Wadsworth, the house as home to 4 generations of
the family of
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Since 1901 the house has
been in the possession of the Maine Historical Society.
Today it is operated as a museum. Located at 489
Congress Street in Portland, Maine.
Native American Heritage!
about the Wabanaki Indian Tribes of Maine. There are two
locations. The largest one is located downtown at 26
Mount Desert Street in Bar Harbor. The other is located
inside Acadia National Park at Sieur de Monts Spring off Route
Bar Harbor Historical Museum
of Bar Harbor (Eden)
The museum is
housed in the old St. Edwards Convent built in 1916.
Preserves and displays the history of Bar Harbor, once known
as Eden. Located at 33 Ledgelawn Avenue, Bar Harbor, ME.
heritage of Frenchboro, Long Island, Maine, a historic fishing
village. Get to the island by
Island Cruise or by
Penobscot Marine Museum
Known as the
oldest maritime museum in Maine, the museum is focused on
the industry of Penobscot Bay in the 19th century. The
museum features a fine collection of 19th century marine art
by renowned artists such as Thomas and James Buttersworth
and Robert Salmon. The museum is located in a series
of historic buildings and includes a lovely and very
Seacoast Village. Located at 5 Church Street,
Penobscot Nation Museum
Devoted to Maine
Native American history and art. 12 Downtown Street,
Indian Island, ME.
Woodlawn Park Museum [History]
Housed in the
former home of Colonel John Black, the museum allows the
visitor to step back in time to the early days in Ellsworth,
Maine. The historic home was built between 1824 and
1827. Located on Route 172 (Surry Rd.), Ellsworth, ME.
Fort Halifax State Historic Site [History]
The fort was built
1754-1755 in order to defend the upper Kennebec River Valley
against the French and Indians. Today, the only
surviving building is the Fort Halifax blockhouse and it must
be noted that it has been reconstructed due to a flood which
destroyed the fort in 1987. Winslow, Maine.
Maine Military Historical Society Museum
Dedicated to the preservation of the history
and tradition of the Maine military. Located on Winthrop
Street, near the front gate of Camp Keyes in Augusta, ME.
Open by appointment only.
Maine State Museum
The place to learn
about the history of the great state of Maine. Over
12,000 years of Maine history are revealed. 83 State
House Station in Augusta, ME.
Old Fort Western [Virtual Tour] [History & Photos]
Built in 1754,
Fort Western is the oldest surviving wooden fort in America.
Fort Western sits on the bank of the Kennebec River at 16 Cony
Street in Augusta, ME.
Readfield, Maine Historical Society & Museum
Maine Lighthouse Museum
The museum houses the largest collection of
lighthouse lenses and lighthouse artifacts in the U.S.
Located at the Maine Discovery Center at One Park Drive in
Pemaquid Museum [History]
Fort House] [Graveyard]
site of Colonial Pemaquid displays artifacts and exhibits what
the 17th century fishing village was like. Includes
items related to the Wawenock Indian tribe. Special
events during the year offer living history demonstrations,
and lectures. The Fort is part of the remains of
Fort William Henry.
Located in New Harbor, ME.
Edgecomb State Historic Site
Tour the remaining
structure of this fort, the blockhouse, which was completed in
1809. Located at 66 Fort Road in Edgecomb, ME.
Monhegan Museum, The
established as a lighthouse in 1822, the light tower was rebuilt
in 1852 and continues to serve the coast as a light house. It has been lovingly restored to the way
it was in 1899 and today houses a museum. The famed
bell located on the property was cast in 1855 by Henry N.
Hooper & Company and is famed for it's appearance in the
Jamie Wyeth painting "Bronze Age". Buildings on the
property include the lighthouse, the original Lighthouse
Keeper's House, the "fish house", and a
replica of the assistant lighthouse keeper's house.
Located on Lighthouse Hill on Monhegan Island in Maine.
Mason House Historic Museum
The historic house
was constructed in 1813 and was the home of Dr. Moses Mason
and wife, Agnes M. Straw. Today the period house museum
has been restored and is available for public tour. The
Bethel Historical Society is next door in the 1821 O'Neil - Robinson House
Bethel Historical Society's Research Library is located in
the barn of the Mason House. All are located on Broad
Street on the Common at Bethel, Maine.
Bangor Historic Landmarks
This is a great
list. It includes location and photos of the historical
sites in Bangor, Maine.
Bangor Museum and Center for History
The Bangor Historical Society has been collecting and
preserving the history of the Penobscot Valley since 1864.
The museum displays the history of the area and offers a large
collection of Civil War artifacts. The society holds
over 10,000 photographs and offers research services for
research of material contained in their archives. Tours
of other properties include Thomas Hill House and Mt. Hope
Cemetery. Previously located at 6 State Street in Bangor, ME,
the museum is being moved and will open in 2008. The
new address is 25 Broad Street in Bangor, Maine.
Cole Land Transportation Museum
Corinth Historical Museum [Virtual
Housed in the Old Grange Hall and operated by the Corinth
Historical Society, the museum collects, preserves and
documents the history of Corinth, Maine. The museum
archives many documents and photographs which are available
to researchers. The society offers some
local history and genealogy data online at their web
Hudson Museum at the University of Maine
Leonard's Mills Maine Forest and Logging Museum
One of Maine's
oldest historical sites! During Living History Days,
the village comes alive with folks in period dress,
performing daily tasks as if you had dropped into the 1790s.
As you stroll around the site, you will hear bagpipes and
smell hot cider among other mouthwatering goodies. The
settlement is halfway between Milford and Brewer just off
Newport Cultural Center
Housing both the Public Library and the
Newport Historical Society and Museum, visitors will find a
vault for public records, a genealogy room and a museum for
historical artifacts. Located at 154 Main Street in
Old Town Museum
Housed in the former Saint Mary's Catholic
Church, the museum is focused on Old Town's heritage and the
lumbering industry in this area. Located at 353 Main
Street, Old Town, ME.
Page Farm and Home Museum
Visitors learn what life was like on a farm in
the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Historic
buildings at the site are an 1833 White farm barn, a one-room
schoolhouse from Holden, ME, the Winston E. Pullen Carriage
House and some reproductions of buildings. The museum is
focused on rural farm life in Maine. Located on the
campus of the University of Maine in Orono, ME.
Lord Memorial Historical Society Museum
Dedicated to the preservation of The Old Tavern
of Burlington and the preservation of history and artifacts
of Burlington, the museum is housed in five buildings along
Burlington's Main Road. Historic buildings include Ye
Old Tavern, the Lord Building, the Shorey Building and the
Willing Workers Comfort Lodge.
Blacksmith Shop Museum
Originally buiilt in 1863 by Nicholas A.
Chandler, the blacksmith shop has been restored and
maintains much of the original blacksmith equipment
including the forge, ox-lifter, anvil and tools.
Located at 100 Dawes Road in Dover-Foxcroft, ME.
Dover - Foxcroft - Observer Building Museum
Erected in 1854 as a tenement building, it
later served as home to The Observer (Pisctaquis County's
oldest weekly newspaper). Today it is home to the
Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society and features a history
museum with exhibits devoted to the early history of the
Dover-Foxcroft area along with exhibits about The Observer.
Located in downtown Dover-Foxcroft, ME.
Belfast Historical Society & Museum
Featured as The
Museum In The Streets, this is basically a self guided
walking tour with panels, photos and plaques to lead you and
provide historical information concerning the historic
buildings and sites in the town. Located at 10 Market
Street in Belfast, ME.
Fort Knox State Historic Site
Knox State Historic Site Brochures]
Fort Knox is the
largest historic fort in Maine. Built between 1844 and
1864 using large quantities of granite. Located on Route
174 west of the Waldo Hancock Bridge.
Lincolnville Historical Society School House Museum
the 1892 Beach School building, the museum features
historical artifacts, documents and photographs related to
the history of Lincolnville and the surrounding area.
Located at 33 Beach Road in Lincolnville, ME.
Milbridge Historical Museum
The museum features
history of the shipbuilding era in Milbridge and displays
artifacts and exhibits related to the history of the area.
Located on Main Street in Milbridge, ME.
Seashore Trolley Museum
Known as the third
oldest museum in Maine, it was founded in 1866. The
museum houses a large collection of early paintings including
artists: John Brewster Jr., Gideon Elden Bradbury and Charles
Henry Granger. Also offered are some national rare
treasures. At the same location, is the Dyer Library,
housing archived materials including over 10,000 manuscripts,
photographs and maps of York County and the Saco area.
Located at 371 Main Street, Saco, ME.
The Seashore Trolley Museum
Tour the Maine
countryside in an early 1900s electric streetcar and learn
about the history of the trolley system in early Maine.
Located at 195 Log Cabin Road in Kennebunkport, ME.
19th Century Willowbrook Village is a place
where visitors can experience an earlier and simpler time
and learn the story of life in the mid to late 1800s in
rural Maine. Willowbrook Village is a picturesque
created village of historical buildings, artifacts and items
from the Victorian era. Located at 70 Elm Street in
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