Based on CDC recommendations, the BRHS museum is now open for researchers only and by appointment only, Thursday through Saturday.   If you wish to do research at the museum please contact office manager Claire Rittershaus to schedule a time to work alone or with local historian Barbara Rumsey.  Please plan to wear a mask and maintain distance from others.

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

Meanwhile, to check out our NEW online exhibits click here, and to check out online exhibits from other historical societies and museums click on Maine Public’s Museum Portal.

BRHS 2021 Speaker Series

Thursday, May 13, 4:30 pm

Mike Dekker, “Shared Ground: An Exploration of 17th century Indigenous and Euromerican Cultures through Gardening” 

Using only period tools and heirloom seed varieties, Mike Dekker established a garden reflective both Native and Euromerican agricultural practices in Maine during the colonial era.  Both cultures raised corn, beans, and squash yet employed divergent agricultural methods. As an ethnohistorical tool, the garden can answer important questions about the people who called Maine home during the colonial period.  Mike Dekker is an historian, a living history interpreter of early American history and material culture and the author of The French and Indian Wars In Maine.

Available by Zoom only. To make a reservation please email us at brhszoom@gmail.com. For more information on this talk and 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