Boothbay Region Revisited




by Barbara Rumsey, Editor
Published 2004

(written at time of publication)
Our newest book, Boothbay Region Revisited, is a pictorial history of the peninsula, principally focusing on Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor. This publishing enterprise, our first book devoted to photographs, is being undertaken in collaboration with Arcadia Publishing.

The book, which contains archival photographs of the region, along with explanatory text, is divided into eight chapters, each depicting an aspect of life here in earlier days. The chapters cover such topics as shipbuilding, summer communities, marine trades ashore, and commerce. Photographs and captions capture how people lived, worked, and played, and they include notable scenes, buildings, and people.

Barbara Rumsey, BRHS director, was in charge of the project and a team of volunteers worked helping select photographs and write text. The 200 photographs in the book are culled mostly from the historical society’s collection of more than 10,000. Volunteers working on the book were: Judy Cook, Doreen Dun, Jim Hunt, Andy Matthews, Faith Meyer, Robert Rice, Cathy Sherrill, Alden Stickney and Peggy Voight. Arcadia published, printed, and marketed the finished book. The historical society will receive royalty payments.

The book, with an all-new selection of photographs, is Arcadia’s second publication on Boothbay (the first was published in 1995) and the first with the historical society. Another Arcadia book on the Damariscotta River also includes a short section on Boothbay. Under the title “Images of America,” Arcadia Publishing has produced pictorial histories of dozens of communities in the New England area and more than 2,000 titles worldwide.