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
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).
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.
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.
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
Better yet, see us in person!
11 Mercer Road, Norridgewock, Maine
Mailing Address: PO Box 903, Norridgewock, ME 04957