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). On days when an afternoon event is scheduled at Narramissic, the Museum will close at 2 pm.  To better serve you, we strongly recommend that researchers contact us in advance.

Narramissic

Narramissic will be open Tuesdays through Saturday from 11 till 3 through mid-August.  We are delighted to welcome back BEN RIDEOUT as our summer intern--Welcome Home, Ben!

What's Happening

News & Announcements


Maine Humanities Council Community Outreach Grant

We're grateful to the Maine Humanities Council for a grant to support this summer's programs. Our theme this year is "Industry and Ingenuity in Bridgton: Products of New England Culture." There'll be lots of exciting programs, from traditional lectures to hikes and hands-on fun for the family. We'll have a full schedule out shortly -- stay tuned!

 

 
BHS receives grant to preserve North Bridgton collection

Maine State Archivist David Cheever recently announced Bridgton Historical Society will receive $900 to preserve and provide better access to its historical collection as part of the Historical Records Collections Grant Program. This program, administered by the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board, is funded by the National Publications and Records Commission, and is coordinated in Maine by the State Archives. 

Specifically, this grant will fund the society’s project to properly inventory and house a significant collection related to the history of North Bridgton, recently donated by Bridgton Academy, and to provide indexes and finding aids so the resources will be readily available for anyone interested in working with them. In addition to documents and papers, some as early as the first decade of the 19th century, the collection includes approximately 450 photographs, most dating to the 1880-1920 period, and two notebooks put together in the 1960s and 1970s of research into the history of each house in North Bridgton, along with photographs of most of them.  Gently cleaning, storing, and inventorying the photographs will comprise a major portion of the project. The Society has committed to 35 hours of volunteer time as part of an in-kind match which the grant program requires. Anyone interested in acquiring training and helping out is encouraged to contact Ned Allen, the Society’s Executive Director, at 647-3699 or info@bridgtonhistory.org.  

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.

 

The Bridgton Historical Society's 2015 Summer Schedule is generously underwritten by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council--we are grateful for their support!

 

 

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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