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Family Resources Handbook – Museums & Historic Sites

Note: “See Also:….” at the end of a listing indicates that the organization can also be found in other categories

Androscoggin Swinging Bridge
Mill St., Brunswick; Bridge St., Topsham
• Historic pedestrian bridge between Brunswick and Topsham built in 1892 by Roebling Co, builders of NY’s Brooklyn Bridge

Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Walker Art Building, Brunswick; 725-3275
• Extensive collections and exhibits; educational group tours available

Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum
226 Maine St., Brunswick; 729-6606
• Home of Joshua L. Chamberlain and family; open June to mid-October

Cribstone Bridge
Rt. 24, Bailey Island
• Completed in 1928 with unique granite cribstone/cobwork construction

Eagle Island Maine State Historic Site
P.O. Box 161, Harpswell; 624-6080
• Admiral Robert E. Peary’s summer home; open seasonally; access by private or tour boat from Dolphin Marina, Harpswell; 1.4 mile trail system

First Parish Church
9 Cleaveland Street, Brunswick; 729-7331
• First church in Brunswick, founded in 1717;where Harriet Beecher Stowe was inspired to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Fort Andross
14 Maine St., Brunswick
• Site of original Fort Andross, 1688; former mill complex restored and is now home to businesses and the Brunswick Winter Farmers Market

Harpswell Historical Society
929 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell;
• Operates 3 historic bldgs; lectures, events, growing collection; open Sundays

Harrington House (Freeport Historical Society)
45 Main St., Freeport; 865-3170
• Archives of Freeport history and exhibits; educational programs

Growstown School
195 Woodside Rd., Brunswick; 729-8017
• Built 1849, the last of 26 one-room school houses in Brunswick; visits by appointment only in July and August

Harpswell Historical Society
929 Harpswell Neck Rd., Harpswell; 833-6322
• Archives of Harpswell history and preservation of local area sites and buildings

Maine Maritime Museum
243 Washington St., Bath; 443-1316
• Exhibits of Maine’s maritime heritage and culture
• Programs and interactive areas for children; historic shipyards
• See Also Camps; Volunteer Opportunities

Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center
Hubbard Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick; 725-3416
• Collection of material related to Arctic exploration/research; contemporary Arctic art and crafts; guided educational group tours available

Pejepscot Museum and Research Center
159 Park Row, Brunswick; 729-6606
• Founded in 1888, one of oldest historical societies in ME; preserving history of Brunswick, Topsham & Harpswell; open year round

Pettingill Farm (Freeport Historical Society property)
Pettingill Rd., Freeport; 865-3170
• 1800’s saltwater farm on Harrasseeket Estuary; Farm Day in October; 3 trails

Skofield-Whittier House
161 Park Row, Brunswick; 729-6606
• Victorian era house, home to three generations of a prominent Brunswick family with careers in seafaring, medicine and education; open June to mid October

Harriet Beecher Stowe House
63 Federal St., Brunswick
• Harriet Beecher Stowe’s home from 1850-52 when she wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin; not open to the public

Other Information: — Bates College Museum of Art; Lewiston -– Activities/exhibits promote developmental skills; interactive community results in hands on learning through play; Augusta — Colby College Museum of Art: Waterville -– Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland -– Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine; Portland (Curtis Friends Pass available at Library) — The Maine Art Museum Trail; a collaboration of 7 leading art museums throughout the state -– ME Lighthouse Museum; Rockland -– train ride along Casco Bay plus museum of train history; Portland -– Maine State Museum; Augusta -– Owl’s Head Transportation Museum -– Portland Museum of Art — Boothbay Railway Village; experience steam narrow gauge railroading, antique autos, rural life –- Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village; New Gloucester — farm with carriage museum, open space and historic buildings for recreational/educational use; N. Yarmouth – Seashore Trolley Museum; Kennebunkport

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