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The Beginning

Phippsburg Historical Society  - Established 1961
The first annual meeting of the Phippsburg Historical society took place in August of 1961. The meeting was a celebration of the efforts of dedicated Phippsburg folks who felt that the town’s rich shipbuilding heritage was well worth the effort to document and preserve.

Ada M. Haggett explained the formative process in a Bath Daily Times article dated July 15th 1961.”At a Phippsburg selectman’s meeting in December, John G. Morse of Winnegance, Arthur Bowker, Mark Harrington , James Chambers, Mrs. Edward McNulty and Mrs. Peter Isaacson of Popham, Mr. & Mrs. Stanwood Gilman of Ashdale, Mrs. Raymond Wyman of Small Point and Mrs. Newbold R.  H. Varian of Sebasco at a Civil War Centennial planning meeting, wound up as beginning of the greatest future interest of her life.”

Since that time in 1961, our Society has opened its little museum every summer and thousands of curious visitors have enjoyed a view of early Phippsburg, done Genealogical research or just relived old times.

In 1992 an addition was built on to the museum and dedicated to the life of Jane Poliquin.

The Society has published several books containing well researched articles written by Society members on remembrance of early life in Phippsburg.

In 2007 the museum was able, with support of members and especially the bequest of the Simonatis family, to make another much need addition with modern facilities for our volunteers and visitors.

Our Mission

The purpose of our organization is to cultivate social intercourse and friendship among our members; to collect and preserve data touching the history of Phippsburg, the Phippsburg areas, Sagadahoc County and the State of Maine; to collect and preserve articles, specimens and material and objects illustrative and demonstrative of the customs, modes and habits of former times in the areas mentioned to perpetuate the memory of those who, by their labors and heroism, contributed to make the history of the areas mentioned; to compile, write and publish a history of the Town of Phippsburg and/or the Phippsburg area or cause same to be done; to do all acts necessary and convenient for the furtherance and promotion of the fore said purposes; to exist under the laws of Maine as a corporation without capital stock and not for pecuniary profit.

Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting is held each year in August.

Hours of Operation

Our museum is open every Summer Monday thru Saturday 10:00-2:00


On Route 209 at Phippsburg Center
Left on Parker Head Road (opposite the Center Store)
3rd building on the left is the Phippsburg Historical Society Museum

Mailing Address

Phippsburg Historical Society  P.O. Box 21  Phippsburg 04562

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