The Norridgewock Historical Society

Upcoming Events

Activities for November/December 2018


 Saturday, December 8th NHS Open House in conjunction with the 2nd  Annual Town Stroll/ Tree Lighting. The museum   will have an  old fashioned Christmas tree and will serve whoopie pies/other treats to  visitors.  Open House 2 to 4PM.Tree lighting is at 4:30 at Alice Emery  Square.


Wednesday, December 12th  Holiday party (finger food/sweets /etc.) 6 PM to 8ish.  

Join Us at Our Monthly Meetings

The Norridgewock Historical Society holds open meetings at 6:30 pm on the 4th Wednesday 

of the month, April to October. 

The Museum is located at 11 Mercer Rd, Norridgewock, Maine 

The Museum is open by appointment: Email

 Mailing address: PO Box 903, Norridgewock, Maine 04957. 

April 25, 2018  7:00PM

Program: Opening meeting of the 2018 Season. General discussion about NHS projects/plans/goals for the year.

May  23, 2018  6:30 PM

Program: Barbara Winslow, local children's author who spent many years teaching in Alaska  and Norridgewock, will talk about the differences and similarities in village life in 1970 Alaska vs. turn of the century Norridgewock.

June 27, 2018 6:30PM

Program: "Salute to Those who Have Served". Elwin Matthews, Commander of Norridgewock VFW Post  will answer questions about the VFW--its past, present and future.  Bring your questions and your stories!

July 25, 2018 6:30PM

Program : Cheryl Patten: "Carved in Stone: Gravestones and Genealogy"

August 22, 2018 6:30PM

Program :  Jeff McAllister, salvage engineer, will discuss the rescue and  preservation of  architectural elements and antiques/vintage décor items from  old buildings, with particular attention paid to the dismantling of The Richard  Sawtelle House on River Road ( built in1802). 

September 26, 2018 6:30PM

Program :  Gary Scott Chief  Historian for the  National Park Service (retired) Capital region will share  some stories about the development of some of the monuments in the Washington  Mall area (from Washington/Jefferson/Lincoln monuments to the military  monuments: World Wars/Korea/Vietnam) and will close with a tale about the  National Park Service's discovery of Clara Barton's apartment.

October 24, 2018 6:30PM


 6:30 P.M.  Wednesday, October 24th   monthly meeting and program: the program,  "Tidbits", will include brief "show & tells"  about five recent donations to the museum. The first two relate to our August  program on the Sawtelle house (memorabilia related to the Sawtelle clan and a  look at the man/life behind the "John Ware" merchant sign that was discovered in  the Sawtelle house). The other segments include: Frederick's Corner School House  memorabilia , Charles Sawyer acquisitions --with emphasis on both a print of and  the story of the power house on the Sandy River Road, and a few selections from  the newly found, mid-1800's Norridgewock diary of the Rev. Lucius Packard  (ancestor of a number of people still in town, including Wilders and  Libbys). 

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Museum History



In 1995, work on the Museum started in earnest, with our Clean Up Days on May 24th, 31st, and June 7th. On May 29th, we erected our flag and flagpole. We opened our doors to the public on June 10th, 1995, with one of our first attractions – the display of the Charles H. Sawyer prints.


In 1994, the building was devised to Harold Obert. It was then sold, at  less than its value, to the Norridgewock Historical Society on November  28, 1994.


Doctor Brown’s daughter, Linnion Brown Rogerson, passed away at age 101.

Late 1800s

Doctor Walter Brown and his family lived in the building, using it as a private residence. In 1883, the building was home to two doctors, Doctor Philip Lindsay and Doctor Justin Ames.


In 1864, the building was taken over by Hamlin F. Eaton and used as the  Eaton School for a year. Once the Eaton School was moved, the building  was still used for some classes, as well as a faculty home.


Our building was built, and intended to be a Female Academy. Doctor Amos  Townsend donated the land and $100 towards its erection, though once  construction was done the final cost was nearer to $1,000. After its use  as a Female Academy, the building sat vacant for about four years.

About Us

What We Do

The Norridgewock Museum & Historical Society serves as an insight to the history of Norridgewock, Maine, and its encompassing Somerset  County. From monthly meetings to exhibits and special events, our volunteers work to preserve our past for future generations. 

Our Exhibits & Collections

From Native American artifacts to early 20th century medicine, from maps and books to postcards and newspapers, our collection aims to showcase the history and culture of the town and its surrounding areas throughout history.

Genealogy & Research

The Norridgewock Historical Society offers insights into our rich history. Visit the museum to look up your family's ancestral history or research the storied history of our town and Somerset County.

Our Volunteer Officers


Rebecca Ketchum

Vice President

Donna Mickewich


Eastman Wilder




Tom Mickewich

Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

11 Mercer Road, Norridgewock, Maine

Mailing Address: PO Box 903, Norridgewock, ME 04957

The Norridgewock Historical Society

(207) 634-5032