Central Kennebec
Heritage Council

The Central Kennebec Heritage Council invites you to visit the following member sites and attend their EVENTS.

Fairfield History House Museum

Town History and Victorian Culture

Fairfield History House Museum
42 High Street, Fairfield, ME  04937, 
Tel - (207) 453-2997

The Fairfield History House was built in 1894 as the residence of John Cotton, owner of the White Mountain Refrigerator Company.  The museum collection indicates the living conditions of Victorian Fairfield.  It houses a research archive and a genealogical collection.  Special exhibits are on display in the 19th Century barn.

Regular hours:
May - October, Tuesday, 9:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 4:00
November - April, Tuesday, 1:00 - 4:00

L. C. Bates Museum The L. C. Bates Museum,
Good Will-Hinckley School, Rte 2091. Hinckley, ME, 
Tel - (207) 238-4250

The L C Bates Museum is an early 20th Century natural history and cultural museum located on the campus of the Good Will-Hinckley School.  Exhibits include Maine natural history, Americana, art, archaeology, ethnology, marine life, minerals, and more.  The museum offers walking trails and the W. P. Hinckley Aboretum.

Regular Hours:
April - November, Wednesdays - Saturday, 10:00 - 4:30
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30

Macartney House Museum

Oakland History and Heritage

Oakland Area Historical Society and Macartney House Museum
25 Main St, Oakland, ME  04963, 
Tel - (207) 465-7549

Built around 1815, the Macartney House is one of the oldest houses in Oakland.  The building is named for its primary occupants, the William Macartney family, and is substantially as it was built.  It houses Victorian period furnishings, costume displays as well as vintage photographs and tool collections.

Regular hours:
July - August, Wednesday, 1:30 - 4:30 

Margaret Chase Smith Library

Maine and American Political History

The Margaret Chase Smith Library
56 Norridgewock Ave, Skowhegan, ME  04976, 
Tel - (207) 474-7133

Built in 1982 as an addition to Senator Smith's home, the Margaret Chase Smith Library serves as a congressional archive, museum, educational facility, and public policy center devoted to preserving the legacy of Senator Margaret Chase Smith.

Regular hours:
Year Round, Monday - Friday, 10:00 - 4:00

Norridgewock Historical Society

Town History and Genealogy

Norridgewock Historical Society Museum
Route 2, Norridgewock, Maine, 04957,
Tel - (207) 634-5032

Built in 1838 as a Female Academy to educate the daughters of wealthy citizens, the Norridgewock Historical Society Museum features a Victorian parlor, costumes, work of local artists and photographers, a school room , and other local artifacts.

Regular hours:
Memorial Day - September, Wednesday and Saturday, 10:00 - 3:00

Sidney Historical Society

Town History and Genealogy

Skowhegan History House Museum and Research Center

Local History and Culture

The Skowhegan History House Museum and Research Center
66 Elm St, Skowhegan, ME  04976, 
Tel - (207) 474-6632
and on Facebook

The Skowhegan History House is a museum of local history and is furnished as an 1800's household.  The house was built by Aaron Spear, a blacksmith, on the banks of the Kennebec River on the site of the former Philbrick Pottery.  The museum also houses a research and genealogy archives.
Specialty: Local history, 1850s home furnishings, photos, newspaper collection, research including genealogy, journals, town records and ledgers.

Regular hours:
June through Mid October, Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 - 4:00

Skowhegan History House Museum

Local History and Culture

The Skowhegan History House Museum
40 Elm St, Skowhegan, ME  04976, 
Tel - (207) 474-6632

The Skowhegan History House is a museum of local history and is furnished as an 1800's household.  The house was built by Aaron Spear, a blacksmith, on the banks of the Kennebec River on the site of the former Philbrick Pottery.  The museum also houses a research and genealogy archives.

Regular hours:
Mid-June - Mid September, Tuesday - Friday, 1:00 - 5:00

Taconnett Falls Chapter, Maine Genealogical Society, Waterville/Winslow Taconnett Falls Genealogy Library
10 Lithgow Street
Winslow, ME  04901


The library building, which was built in 1926, once housed the Winslow Public Library.  It has an extensive collection of books and paper files on the genealogy of Maine as well has an excellent collection of New England and French Canadian material.
Regular hours:
Saturday, 1:00 to 4:00
Vassalboro Historical Society Museum Rte 32, East Vassalboro
(207) 923-3505
2nd Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00; also Jul 27, Oct 12, Oct 13, 10:00 - 4:00
Victor Grange
Fairfield Center

Other Links - Historical and Genealogical Organizations in our area which share our interests


Monmouth Museum

Main St, Monmouth Center
(207) 933-2287
Old Fort Western 16 Cony St, Augusta
(207) 626-2385
Windsor Historical Museum Windsor Fairgrounds, Rte 32, Windsor
(207) 622-7718
Open during the Windsor Fair or by appointment for school groups only.
Redington Museum 64 Silver St, Waterville
(207) 872-9439
Reuben Colburn House Arnold Rd, Pittston
Kennebec Historical Society 107 Winthrop St, Augusta
(207) 622-7718
Cyndi's List http://www.cyndislist.com/me-local.htm Hundreds of links to Maine resources on the Internet
Maine Archives Interactive  www.informe.org/sos_archives/ Online searchable databases.
Maine Memory Network  www.mainememory.net/ Statewide database of historical source documents contributed by Maine's historical organizations.
Maine Archives and Museums  www.mainemuseums.org/ Organization with over 300 members including archives, museums, libraries and historic societies indexed in the interactive directory.
The Center for Maine History  www.mainehistory.org/about.html From the Maine Historical Society
Maine Historical Society  www.mainehistory.org/ Houses the Maine Historical Society Research Library, the Maine History Gallery, and the historic Wadsworth-Longfellow House.
Maine Old Cemetery Association www.moca-me.org  
New England Historic Genealogical Society http://www.newenglandancestors.org/ "His-Gen" is the oldest and one of the largest genealogical and historical societies in the US.
Maine Genealogical Society https://sites.rootsweb.com/~megs/index.htm The Maine Genealogical Society (MGS) is a non-profit charitable and educational organization. It was founded in 1976 to collect, exchange, preserve, and publish genealogical records, related documents, and information; and to promote and encourage interest and scholarship in genealogy and family history of the State of Maine. 

Local chapters are located in all parts of the state.

Greater Portland Chapter, Cape Elizabeth sites.rootsweb.com/~megpcmgs/
Hancock County Genealogical Society, Ellsworth ellsworthme.org/hcgs/
Pejepscot Genealogy Society, Brunswick sites.rootsweb.com/~mepgs
Penobscot County Genealogical Society, Bangor sites.rootsweb.com/~mepcgs
Sandy River Valley Chapter, Farmington sites.rootsweb.com/~mesrvmgs/mgsindex.htm
Taconet Falls Chapter, Waterville/Winslow sites.rootsweb.com/~metfcmgs/
The County, Caribou  
Wassebec Genealogical Society, Dover-Foxcroft sites.rootsweb.com/~mewgs
MGS - Wawenoc Genealogical Society, Belfast www.freewebs.com/youngmac/
Daughters of the American Revolution - Maine Society

Kennebec Valley chapters are listed below.

www.geocities.com/Heartland/Ridge/9336/ The first Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Maine was Elizabeth Wadsworth Chapter in Portland, organized October 8, 1894, with 30 members. It was named for the wife of General Peleg Wadsworth, who was the grandfather of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
DAR - Augusta - Koussinoc Chapter http://www.geocities.com/koussinoc This chapter was named after the ancient Indian name of "Cushnoc", meaning, " the sacred site beside the rippling water."
Farmington - Colonial Daughters http://www.angelfire.com/me2/cddar


Named in honor of all the women who contributed in their own individual ways, whether by support or loss of husbands and sons, to the cause of the Revolutionary War.
Gardiner - Samuel Grant    Named in honor of Samuel Grant, born in 1740, in Berwick. He raised a company of soldiers in York County, marched to the siege of Boston, and to Bunker Hill where he fought and later was made a Captain.
Hallowell - Mary Kelton Dummer/Patience Stanley   Named in honor of the woman who dispersed the doughnuts so long ago, thus honoring cookery, womanhood and one of the great names of Old Hallowell.
Skowhegan - Eunice Farnsworth   Named in honor of the first white woman to settle in Somerset County - 1772. Her husband Joseph Weston assisted in piloting Arnold's Quebec Expedition up the Kennebec River.
Waterville - Silence Howard Hayden www.geocities.com/shhaydendar/index.html  This chapter was named for the wife of Revolutionary War Soldier Col. Josiah Hayden.
Winslow - Fort Halifax Chapter   Named for the fort at the junction of the Kennebec and Sebasticook rivers, it was built in 1754. One of its original block houses is still standing; it's the only one in the State built before the Revolutionary War. This block house is the property of this chapter.

This website was created by and is maintained by Michael J Denis, of the Oakland Area Historical Society.  
Please send any comments or suggestions to mdenis46@gmail.com.

Last update, 4 May 2012