Hours of Operation

Gibbs Avenue Museum
and
Blynn Davis Memorial Archives

Summer hours--Tuesday-Friday  11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ( and look for the "Open" flag for additional hours). To better serve you, we strongly recommend that researchers contact us in advance.

Narramissic

Be sure to visit Narramissic Tuesday-Fridays 10 a.m. till 3 p.m.--our Intern, Ben Rideout will be happy to take you on a tour of the house and barn.  The grounds at Narramissic are always open--we have picnic tables, so bring a picnic!    Please feel free to enjoy the grounds during daylight hours.

What's Happening

Sat, Aug 02-3:00 PM Bluegrass Festival

News & Announcements


Narramissic Barn Stabilized -- For Now


Preliminary work has been done to stabilize the barn at Narramissic. Eric Beane of The Barn Boys has re-set all of the posts underneath the structure, most of which were seriously compromised in one way or another. In one instance, the post was simply hanging in thin air: there was a gap between the bottom of the post and the granite footing that was big enough for a grown man to pass his hand through.

For more information and updates on the ongoing work, please see our Temperance Barn page . . .

 

Welcome

Welcome to the Bridgton Historical Society's website!

 

Museum Fall 2006 - 1 Small.jpg Founded in 1953 to preserve the local history, traditions and customs of Bridgton, Maine and the surrounding area, the Society operates a museum and research center at 5 Gibbs Avenue in downtown Bridgton,
and "Narramissic," the Peabody-Fitch House, a restored 19th-century farm, complete with a working blacksmith shop, in South Bridgton.  "Narramissic" is located near the end of Ingalls Road, one mile in from route 107.  Narramissic Fall 2006 - 1 Small.jpg

We're delighted that you have chosen to pay us a "cyber-visit," but we would be even happier to see you in person!

Let us know if there is something of particular interest that you would like to see included on the website.

 

Our Logo and the Lombard Weathervane

Rooster Weathervane.jpg The highly stylized rooster contained in the Bridgton Historical Society's logo is a representation of that found on the Lombard weathervane given to the Historical Society on exhibit at Narramissic.  The Rufus Porter museum here in Bridgton has two weathervanes attributed to Mr. Lombard, and another is owned by the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont.

Early in 20th century, James Lombard, of Bridgton, designed and carved woodern weathervanes. These weathervanes are highly desirable examples of native Maine folk art. The most distinguishing features of the Lombard weathervanes are the stylized versions of hens and roosters, particularly the imaginative treatment of the tail feathers. Simple in design and execution, Lombard weathervanes were usually sawed from pine planks with the woodern legs attached separately.

Born in 1868, Mr. Lombard lived and worked at the family farmhouse on South High Street which was located on the present site of Becky Cook's barn across from the Catholic Church. The farmhouse was destroyed by fire. Mr. Lombard was the father of Perley Lombard, who worked for The Bridgton News as pressman for thirty-five years. Many will remember Perley and also Bill Lombard and other members of the family.

It is believed that Mr. Lombard might have been an itinerent wood carver in his earlier years because of the distribution of his weathervanes in various areas of Maine.

 

Bridgton and Saco River Railroad Page

B and SR RR Engine 5You'll now find information about the B & SR RR under the main Museum menu. Also, be sure to visit visit some of the links to other narrow guage railroad websites on our Resources -> Links page. The WW & FRY site is of particular interest as it includes a section on the B & SR RR in its discussion forum.

Help Support Us!

Click on the "Donate" button and follow the on-screen prompts to enter the amount you would like to donate and your contact information. You do not have to have a PayPal account to make a tax-deductible donation.

 

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