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Hours of Operation

Gibbs Avenue Museum
Blynn Davis Memorial Archives

5 Gibbs Ave., Bridgton, Maine 04009

Fall/Winter Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 1:00 - 4:00 and by appointment or chance

No more than five visitors at a time. Please observe six-foot distancing requirements and wear a face covering if you are medically able to do so. We can handle only one researcher at a time, so please contact us in advance for an appointment (always recommended anyway!).



46 Narramissic Rd., Bridgton,Maine

House Tours in 2020 Available by Appointment Only through mid-October

Maximum of 5 per group, and everyone must be from the same household; visitors must stay at least six feet away from  the docent. Please wear a face covering if you are medically able to do so. $30 per group, regardless of size

      We will do our best to try to accommodate short notice and even same-day requests, but please contact us as far in advance as possible.

      The grounds of Narramissic and the Peabody-Fitch Woods are open year round dawn to dusk.

Explore Our Collections Online

Civil War era Bridgton Newspapers, the Reporter from 1858-1863, and the Sentinel, 1863-1864 are now on-line thanks to a partnership with the Maine State Library.




PastPerfect, our collections cataloging software, is available on-line!  If you're doing research, or just want to see what kind of cool stuff we have, check out this fully searchable online catalog. Researchers can get an idea of what we have before coming in, and if you're just interested and curious, get in touch with us and set up a time to come in and see the items in person. As you can imagine, entering all this data is still very much a work in progress, as we reduce a backlog of uncatalogued items, and add more images to the records. (And if you want to help speed that process, we can always use more volunteers) You'll find PastPerfect Online at http://bridgtonhistory.pastperfectonline.com/archive.


The 1930s Tax Assessing Records include photographs of and information about nearly every building in town that was standing ca. 1938. They were produced as part of a project of the depression-era Works Progress Association (WPA). Nearly 250 are currently available on-line at the Maine Memory Network. We are scanning the rest of them and expect to have them available electronically at the museum on Gibbs Ave.in the relatively near future.



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Doing Business During COVID-19

Nobody anticipated the events of the past several months and we are all going about our lives in a different way.  Our first priority is to protect the health of our volunteers, staff, visitors and community. But we are also committed to continuing to perform our mission to collect, preserve, interpret, and share the history of Bridgton.  At the museum, we are open Tuesday and Thursday 1-4, following social distancing and cleaning protocols based on the Association of Maine Archives and Museums’ COVID-19  Prevention Recommendations for Archives and Museums.

Narramissic is closed for tours until next spring,

Proposed By-Laws Amendments

The Board of Trustees has proposed three changes to the By-Laws, to be voted on by the membership at the annual meeting. The intent of the first two is to simplify and clarify our procedures for holding annual meetings.

Currently, Paragraph four of Article 5 says, in part, “Names of candidates shall be announced ten (10) days prior to the election by written notice.Election shall be held by secret ballot.” The proposed amendment to this article would remove "secret ballot", to be replaced by "voice vote or a show of hands."

The first sentence to the Paragraph entitled “Annual Meeting,” in Article 4 currently states: "The annual meeting of this Society shall be held in the month of October of each year on a day set by the President or the Board of Trustees.” The proposed amendment would add the words “and may be held at such time and place as the President or the Board of Trustees may determine” to this sentence.

The third amendment is intended to provide a measure of legal protection to board members who acting in good faith for the benefit of the society. These are important protections assist in recruiting and retaining the hard-working trustees who take give generously of their time and talent and take on responsibility for the society’s well-being. The proposed amendment adds the following to Article 5: Trustees

“The Bridgton Historical Society (the "Society") shall, to the extent legally permissible, indemnify each person who may serve or who has served at any time as an officer, director or employee of the Society against all expenses and liabilities, including, without limitation, counsel fees, judgments, fines, penalties and settlement payments, reasonably incurred by or imposed upon such person in connection with any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding in which he or she may become involved by reason of his or her service in such capacity; provided that no indemnification shall be provided for any such person with respect to any matter as to which he or she shall have been finally adjudicated in any proceeding not to have acted in good faith in the reasonable belief that such action was in the best interests of the corporation.

The indemnification provided hereunder shall inure to the benefit of the heirs, executors and administrators of persons entitled to indemnification hereunder. The right of indemnification under this Article shall be in addition to and not exclusive of all other rights to which any person may be entitled.”

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 property, which consists of 25 acres of fields with spectacular mountain views, remains remarkably isolated from the intrusions of modern life. Visit the house for an experience of unsurpassed authenticity, as you move through the historic space and learn the story of the families that occupied it. The memoirs of Edwin Fitch, who grew up here in the 1840s and ‘50s (published by Bridgton Historical Society as Ninety Years of Living), preserves an intimate view of his family’s life in the house on the eve of the Civil War, and a remarkable number of the furnishings and objects would have been familiar to him.

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. Descendants of the Peabody-Fitch families lived here until 1938, when Mrs. Margaret Monroe, from Providence, Rhode Island acquired it for use as a summer home. She passed away in 1986 and bequeathed the property to the Bridgton Historical Society to be used as a museum, a site for demonstrating early American crafts, or similar purposes.  Narramissic is located at 46 Narramissic Road;  which is off Ingalls Road, a mile in from route 107.

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In 2019 Narramissic entered into a new phase as Loon Echo Land Trust (https://www.loonecholandtrust.org/) purchased the "Peabody-Fitch Woods," 252 acres surrounding our buildings and fields, effectively re-uniting the original farmstead and guaranteeing that it will be preserved in perpetuity. We have been collaborating with Loon Echo on various projects over the last few years, and we are excited to continue and deepen this relationship by providing recreational and educational opportunities that bring together aspects of cultural and natural history.

This summer Loon Echo recently is building a new trail, parking area, and kiosk at Peabody-Fitch Woods, to be shared by both organizations. The trail will provide as much access as possible for people with limited mobility, and with interpretive signs and updates to our mobile app, it will provide glimpses into the farm’s agricultural past as well as spectacular views of the westerly mountains.


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.

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.


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