Hours of Operation

Gibbs Avenue Museum
and
Blynn Davis Memorial Archives

5 Gibbs Ave., Bridgton, Maine 04009

July-August: Tuesday-Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00

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!).

 

Narramissic

46 Narramissic Rd., Bridgton,Maine

House Tours in 2020 Available by Appointment Only

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

Research Requests

The Bridgton Public Library now has searchable, digitized past issues of the Bridgton News  available on-line. To take advantage of this great resource, go to http://www.bridgton.lib.me.us/digital-services/bridgton-public-library-archives-online/.

Eventually we plan to provide on-line catalogs and inventories of our more significant holdings.

We're eager to help with your genealogical and scholarly research questions, even if you cannot visit us in person. If your question requires just a few minutes to answer, and the reply can be an e-mail or a few photocopied pages, there is no charge for this service (although donations are always welcome!). More time-consuming projects will be handled for $25 per hour, one hour minimum. E-mail the Historical Society at info@bridgtonhistory.org.

Please include your mailing address! For many queries, the quickest, and therefore least expensive way to respond is with a few photocopied pages.

 

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.

www.digitalmaine.com/bridgton_sentinel

www.digitalmaine.com/bridgton_reporter

 

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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Cemetery Records

The Bridgton Cemetery Records are being kept up-to-date by Kathleen Vincent. This endeavor was started by Evelyn Lamb, assisted by Linda Johnson. Evelyn and the late Lois Lane initiated the project by listing burials and information on each of the 29 town and private cemetaries. Books containing this information are available for reference at the Museum. Books are consulted frequently by those individuals doing genealogical research.

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