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.

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 is open for tours in July and August Tuesday-Saturday, 11-3, and other times 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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