We are currently open by appointment only, Thursday through Saturday.  

Beginning on Thursday, June 17 we will be open to the public Thursday and Friday, 10 am to 2 pm and on Saturday 10 am to 2 pm but by appointment only. Please plan to wear a mask and maintain distance from others.

On behalf of the board of trustees, thank you for your patience.

Office manager position

We are seeking an independent, highly organized Office Manager for the society and its museum. Applicants should enjoy working alone and with the public, be competent with MS Office software, and possess solid writing skills. The Office Manager handles daily operations, light bookkeeping, simple research inquiries, volunteer training, member and donor activity, and correspondence among other daily or occasional tasks. The Office Manager works closely with the BRHS director and museum historian, as well as board committees. This is a year-round, 16-hour per week position.  Before requesting an interview, interested applicants must submit a cover letter and current resume along with three references to brhs@gwi.net, or mail to Office Manager Position, Boothbay Region Historical Society, PO Box 272, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538.

speaker series

Thursday, June 24, 4:30 pm

Hilary Bartlett, “The Thistle Inn: From Captain’s Home to Local Tavern” 

Reservations are required for both for attendance in person and for Zoom.  To reserve a seat at BRHS for the talk please email us at brhs@gwi.net or call us at 207-633-0820.  To request a Zoom link please email us at brhszoom@gmail.com.

Built in 1861, the structure now known as The Thistle Inn was home over the next 100 years to sea captains, a sea-going engineer’s family, and the YMCA.  In 1962 a Scotsman and his wife bought the property and converted it into a popular and lively Inn.  Ms. Bartlett’s presentation will cover the history of the Inn and include memorable stories about some of the regular and colorful patrons.

Hilary Bartlett was born and raised in Liverpool, England.  When the Beatles first played at the Cavern Club, she was there.  She studied microbiology at University College London where she earned her doctorate, and moved to Boothbay to work at Bigelow Laboratory.  Hilary left Bigelow to pursue a career in art and is the owner of West Harbor Studio.  “The Thistle Inn: A Wee Bit of Scotland in Maine” is her first book.

For more information on the rest of the series see our Events Calendar.

Boothbay Center School graduates c. 1895 Boothbay Center School graduates c. 1895

Are you in search of family roots? 

Would you like to know more about local history? 

Come visit our museum! 

You may contact us, or click on Research, above, for a list of our files.


The Boothbay Region Historical Society is located at the 1874 home of Elizabeth F. Reed and its grounds, Fullerton Park.  Browse six rooms of artifacts, photographs, maps, and memorabilia.  Our collections of town records, local newspapers, family histories, account books, and more are available for those wishing to delve into our colonial and coastal heritage.

Want to know more about Boothbay region history?

You can receive monthly articles about the Boothbay region by our historian Barbara Rumsey by signing up for our monthly enews (in the box on the sidebar).  Also, we post historic photos of the region on our Facebook page.  Follow us on Facebook, too!


Open All Year

  • Thu-Sat: 10am-2pm

Admission is free.

Local historian available:

  • Wednesdays 1-3, by appt only
  • Saturdays 10-2, no appt necessary

Donations Appreciated

Contact Us:

P.O.Box 272
72 Oak Street
Boothbay Harbor,
Maine 04538
Phone: (207)633-0820
Email: brhs@gwi.net