Hours of Operation

Gibbs Avenue Museum


Blynn Davis Memorial Archives

Tuesday & Thursday 1-4.   We are often around at other times, so please don't hesitate to come in if we're here. To better serve you, we strongly recommend that researchers contact us in advance.



Through mid-October by appointment or chance House is closed mid-October - June. Enjoy the grounds and the self-guided hike to the quarry any time during daylight hours. Note: since the facilities are available to rent for weddings, reunions, and other private functions, there may be times (especially Saturdays) that we are not open to the public. Please check in advance if traveling a long distance to visit.

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Sun, Oct 23-2:00 PM Annual Meeting

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Museum Fall 2006 - 1 Small.jpg Founded in 1953, Bridgton Historical Society encourages an appreciation and understanding of the events, customs, and traditions of the Bridgton, Maine community by collecting and preserving significant historical material and making it available through programs, publications, and exhibitions. We operate and maintain museums, historical properties, and research facilities, advocate for preservation, and consult with town officials and other interested parties on matters that effect the town’s identity and sense of place. The society's headquarters are located in the old firehouse at 5 Gibbs Avenue, which houses the museum and research facility.

The society also owns "Narramissic," the Peabody-Fitch Farm in South Bridgton. The house was built in 1797 by William Peabody, and the barn, approximately 40 x 60 feet, was built in the 1830s by his son-in-law George Fitch. Mr. Fitch also added the ells to the house and built the blacksmith shop, which contains a restored functioning forge. The property, which sits on 25 acres of fields with spectacular mountain views, has a remarkably well-documented history, thanks in large part to the memoirs of Edwin Fitch, who grew up there in the 1840s and ‘50s.  The memoirs have been published by Bridgton Historical Society as Ninety Years of Living. The collection in the house is also largely original to the family who lived there from 1797 until 1938, when Mrs. Margaret Monroe, from Providence, Rhode Island acquired it. She passed away in 1986 and bequeathed it to the Bridgton Historical Society to be used as a museum, a site for demonstrating early American crafts, or similar purposes.  "Narramissic" is located near the end of Ingalls Road, one mile in from route 107. 

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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.  A similar weathervane is owned by the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont.

Early in the 20th century, James Lombard, of Bridgton, designed and carved woodern weathervanes. These weathervanes are wonderful 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 across from the present 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 may still remember Perley, as well as Bill Lombard and other members of the family. It is believed that James Lombard might have been an itinerant 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.