Hours of Operation

Gibbs Avenue/Firehouse Museum
and
Blynn Davis Memorial Archives

5 Gibbs Ave., Bridgton, Maine 04009

Winter Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 and by appointment or chance

 

Narramissic - 46 Narramissic Rd., Bridgton,Maine

House Tours -  Sat - 10:00 -2:00 and By Appointment

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

Temperance Barn at Narramissic on Endangered List

Watch this video, thanks to Don Perkins, author of The Barns of Maine: Our History, Our Stories

 

According to local tradition, the barn was raised, during a period of religious revival, without the barrel of rum that was usually part of such occasions.  Mr. Fitch was an ambitious builder, constructing this large barn next to an existing one. A few years later, he decided that it needed a cellar; he built a large wooden screw, lifted the barn up and built the foundation of huge granite slabs that he quarried from the hill behind the house. The barn has stood, through wind, rain, and sun and through good times and bad, since then.   

The barn is featured prominently in Don Perkins recent book, The Barns of Maine, as it is a noteworthy specimen of a mid-19th century barn with a very compelling story.  The barn has been used over the years as a venue for numerous events and programs, from scholarly lectures and fine artisans shows to community suppers and dances.  But no barn--or other historic structure--stands forever without repairs. It was re-sided in the late 1930s after Margaret Monroe purchased the property, and the society has worked over the years at preserving the structure, most recently by replacing the roof. Major work was also undertaken when the farm was donated to the Society in 1987. The floor was replaced at that time, and structural repairs straightened the barn and reinforced the supporting posts. Those repairs have lasted for a quarter of a century, but 25 years of water draining off the Fitch’s Hill has taken its toll, washing out the soil under the foundation.  

Now taking reservations for events at Narramissic for use of the Temperance Barn, and/or fields. 

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