Boothbay Region Historical Society
The museum's seven display rooms contain artifacts and memorabilia that reflect the region's colonial and coastal origins. The Fresnel lens from the Ram Island Light in the front room catches the sun's rays and the imagination. Relics of bygone vessels - the ship's bell from the five-masted schooner the Courtney Houck and the wheel and compass from the ferry Richard T. II, later used on the excursion boat Holiday, are reminiscent of seagoing days. Lobstering and fishing are richly illustrated with pictures, boatmodels, nautical instruments, vintage traps and tools used in the trade. An elegant model of the Gulf of Maine shows varying depths of water and where fish were caught.
Tools tell the stories of early industries - a spokeshave for making barrels, saws and groovers for cutting ice, paraphernalia for making sails and milling equipment. Indian stone tools and arrowheads and prehistoric artifacts are evidence of life before the colonialists. Mingled throughout the rooms and halls are antique furnishings, china, paintings and photographs of long-gone buildings. Clothing from early times is displayed, along with a World War I uniform in mint condition. The collections are added to continually as descendants of early settlers empty their attics and bring in their treasures.
*The photographs below serve as examples of our displays which include some temporary exhibits on loan. They do not necessary reflect what is currently on display.