Harpswell Historical Society

Incorporated 1979

929 Harpswell Neck Road
Harpswell, Maine  04079

The Harpswell Historical Society is dedicated to the discovery, identification, collection, preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of materials relating to the history of Harpswell and its people.


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Harpswell Historical Society
Table of Contents
We are now adding the dates of additions and revisions

Town History

o    Harpswell Neck Library: July 27, 1908.- Request for money

o    Harpswell Neck Yacht Club  (added 11/13/11)

o    Capt. David Perry Sinnett 1843-1913

o    Early Settlers and Landowners in Harpswell: as recorded in Wheelers History of Brunswick, Topsham and Harpswell

o    Early Warrants:  (1756 & 1758) warrants with our best translation of what they say.

o    John Darling: Hermit of Pond Island: Fact from Fiction

o    The Rise and Demise of the Cattle Pound Harpswell and Maine Shows how the state messes things up even then

o    A Timeline of Harpswell History (particularly Orr's Island) 

o    Teachers' Contracts 1907 (added 5/18/2014)

o    Letters

·         Letter: G. A. Ramsdell to Edward P. Pennell 1864

·         Letter: R. S. Melcher to Edward 1862

·         Town's 250th Anniversary

·         Gallery

·         Society newsletters from 1998 to 2017

  • News 2017-Fall
    Johnson Harmon, President's Report, Battle of Norridgewock, French and Indian Wars in Maine, Some Snippets from Around the Country, Bailey Island Library Hall, Some Tools Acquired by ther Society Recently, Can you recognize this building?
  • news 2016-Summer
    John Darling Hermit of Pond Island Fact from Fiction | Harpswell Day: A Celebration of Traditional Handcrafts and Subsistence Skills | The Isles of Casco Bay in Fact & Fancy | History of 19th Century American Poorhouses | Subsistence | Acquisitions
  • news 2015-Winter 12/2015
    Deacon Timothy Bailey | Bailey Island origins: Richard Wescott | Bailey Island Origins: George Wheeler | Bailey Island Origins: Wikipedia | Bailey Island Origins: The Portland Phoenix | Notes on Black Will, and Will Black, Jr. | Smock Marriages | Island Chowder | Town Meeting Orders Barn Built | How to Salt Cod | Home Elijah Kellogg | Christmas in New England
  • news 2015-Summer
    Clem Dunning’s Memories | The Growth of a Resort | Meeting House | Patricia Barnes Moody | What Harpswell Means to Me. |
  • news 2015-Spring
    The Growth of a Resort | The Puritan Tithingman | Gareth Anderson Shares His History | Harpswell Memory
  • News 2014  Oct
    Laddie Whidden Reminisces | Laddie Whidden to the Rescue | Memories of Ice Harvesting | What Harpswell Means To Me | HHS Annual Meeting -August 20, 2014
  • news 2014-June
    Walter Norton Reminisces | Bailey Island 1913-1928 | More History of Harpswell Place Names | Preservation Efforts at the Kellogg Church | How Did Harpswell Get Its Name?
  • news 2014-January
    The Wilson’s High Head Farm. | The Sam Alexanders of Harpswell | Growing Up in Harpswell; Reminiscences by Anne Anderson | Early (1756) Warrant | Update On The District #2 School | Harpswell’s Shipbuilding Heritage
  • news 2013
    Harpswell Town among the Most Attractive Maine Resorts  | Gone, But Not Forgotten | And Are Lobsters and Young Ladies Plenty? | Reminiscing about Lowell’s Cove | What is it?
  • news 2012 winter
    Plans for the Schoolhouse | Lobsters of Colonial Massachusetts | President’s Report. | Bowdoin Students Volunteer at HHS | Jordan Family of Harpswell | Old Crow Tales | Harpswell Men in the Revolutionary War
  • news 2012 summer
    The Town Dock | Annual Meeting on August 22 | Historical Society Archives? | Bailey Island Tuna Tournament | Bowdoin Students | Your Society at Work | Society’s Website is a Hit
  • news 2011 Spring
    A History of Harpswell, Maine. | As You Like It | Uncles of Casco Bay | A Sociological Study of Bailey Island, Maine | Response to Fundraising Appeal | Where We’ve Been and How Much We Have Changed
  • news 2009 Summer
    History of The East Harpswell Baptist Church | HHS Buildings and Sites:  | Oral History in Harpswell | Home Folks of Harpswell and Other Poems | Ideas for the Future
  • news 2005 Summer
    Some Large Turnips | An anxious night on the New Jersey Coast
  • news 2003 Summer
    Harpswell Center
  • news 2002
    Harpswell’s Oldest Twins Celebrate 88th Birthdays
  • news 2001
    Bailey’s Store  | Fisherman’s Memorial
  • news 1999
    Centennial Hall | Proposed Amendments to the by-laws of the Harpswell Historical Society | The Dead Ship of Harpswell”.| A Website for the Historically Curious
  • news 1998
    From Our Collection

·         Maps

·         Map of Harpswell 1871 (added 4/2014)

·         Pictures from the Archives

·         General Store Pott's Point, Harpswell Neck  #1

·         General Store Pott's Point, Harpswell Neck  #2

·         Orr's and Bailey Islands from Harpswell Neck

·         Pott's Point as seen from Haskell Island

·         Pictures of Historic Harpswell  

·         Postcards (Index page)
added 3/2013: Orr's Island Bridge Channel; Orr's Island Bridge

·         Pictures (Index page)

·         Pictures of Harpswell Events

·         Independence Day 2009

·         Halloween 2009

·         Independence Day 2010

·         Independence Day 2011

·         Harpswell Day 2011

·         Harpswell Day 2017

·         Links

·         Bibliography

·         Calendar