Saturday, December 2, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

72 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor

Please join us as we celebrate the holidays with vintage decorations, festive foods, an art raffle, and more. Check out our holiday discounts on books, maps, photographs, and other gifts. Catch up on society happenings and share your stories of life on the peninsula.

Special Event! Beginning at 10:30 a.m., Richard Plunkett, well-known antiques appraiser and owner of The Wizard of Odds and Ends in Alna, will present a short program on the current world of collecting. From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. guests may present up to three items for appraisal for a donation to the society of $5.00 for one or $10.00 for three items. Thank you, Richard, for thinking of us.


For more information on this event, please contact us at or 207-633-0820. Also follow us on Facebook for the latest news.

 We look forward to seeing you! 


We are presently planning our 2024 speaker series.

In the meantime, video recordings of the presentations of our 2023 speakers are now available on our new YouTube channel at 



CAptains AND vessels of the boothbay region 1800 to 1921

This exhibit explores the stories and histories of Boothbay’s captains and of the vessels built in the Boothbay region during America’s golden age of sail.  Browse our slide show of captains and vessels, along with diaries, blueprints, and artifacts from the period, many of which are on display for the first time.



The 88-foot schooner Bowdoin was designed by naval architect William Hand for Adm. Donald B. MacMillan’s arctic expeditions. Her maiden voyage began three months after her launching in April 1921 from Hodgdon Brothers Shipyard in East Boothbay. MacMillan sailed the Bowdoin more than 300,000 miles over 26 exploratory and scientific expeditions between 1921 and 1954. In May 1941, he sold her to the Navy for use in Greenland during World War II. After the war ended, he bought her back and resumed his arctic expeditions. In 1988, she was named Maine’s official state vessel and became the flagship sailing vessel for the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. She was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989. This exhibit includes images of Arctic expeditions, stories from Adm. MacMillan, ship’s plans, and more.


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.


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Contact Us:

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