Hours of Operation

Gibbs Avenue Museum

and

Blynn Davis Memorial Archives

Off-season hours Tuesday and  Thursday  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

Narramissic is open for tours by chance or appointment.  We are eager to accommodate anyone who wants to visit, so don't hesitate to contact us. The grounds are always open during daylight hours--feel free to bring a picnic!   .

House Tours

Tours of the historic Peabody-Fitch homestead at Narramissic are available by appointment and during scheduled events.

 

Narramissic, The Peabody-Fitch Farm (1797)

Visit "Narramissic," the Peabody-Fitch farm, for a glimpse of New England on the eve of the Civil War. Tour the house, furnished largely with items original to the property, and visit the restored blacksmith shop. Or simply enjoy the view of the spectacular Maine & NH mountain range and explore the grounds, which are being restored to reflect a mid 19th-century Maine farm.

The house was built in a simplified version of the Georgian style in 1797 by William Peabody, son of one of Bridgton's first settlers. In the 1830s his daughter, Mary, and her husband, George Fitch, purchased the property. They added a rear ell, renovated much of the house to reflect the more fashionable Federal style, and constructed the blacksmith shop and "Temperance Barn" (raised without the traditional barrel of rum!).

Over a century later, in 1938, Mrs. Margaret M. Monroe from Providence, Rhode Island, purchased the property to use as a summer home. When she passed away in 1986, she left the farm to the Bridgton Historical Society.

 The house today reflects life in the mid-19th century. In part this is because of George Fitch's many renovations, and in part it is due to one of George's sons, Edwin Peabody Fitch (1840-1930),  who wrote his memoirs, "Ninety Years of Living,” about growing up in this house during the 1840s and 1850s.  This short work, which has been published along with his exciting Civil War diary and is available for purchase from Bridgton Historical Society, provides a wealth of information about life in the house during this period. Combined with the furnishings in the house, many of which are also original Peabody and Fitch family items, a visit to Narramissic provides an unparalleled authentic experience.

 

The house is open for tours from 11-3 through Friday, August 22. After that, it will be open by appointment. The Society holds programs and events from large festivals to small workshops on the grounds, which are also available for weddings and other private functions.

For a map/satellite view of the area around Narramissic, please visit this Google Earth link.

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House in Fall of 2006

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Rear of House in Fall of 2006

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Temperance Barn

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View From Fields

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The Second Parlor

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Bedroom

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Kitchen

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Ladies in Historic Dress

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Blacksmith Shop

 

Regular Exhibits and Collections

Information will be added to this section when it becomes available.

 

Special Events and Programs

During the spring, summer and fall, the grounds and buildings at Narramissic are available for social gatherings such as Weddings, Family Reunions, Bridal and Baby Showers, Company Functions, Clam Bakes and Birthday Tea Parties and our annual Bluegrass Festival. We can create and serve meals to smaller groups, otherwise, you may hire your own caterer. The farmhouse is appropriate for about 15 people. The barn, on the other hand, is suitable for larger groups and the fields can accomodate tents. There is plentiful parking and the views are magnificent!

To get more details and/or to reserve a date, please contact the Society at 207-647-3699 or via email at info@bridgtonhistory.org.

 

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