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Welcome to Belfast Maine

Open for the Season

Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm
FREE ADMISSION – Donations welcomed!
Group tours available.

10 Market St, Belfast, Maine

Welcome to Belfast Maine

We Reopen June 10

Visitors are encouraged to visit if open by chance or appointment.
FREE ADMISSION – donations welcomed!
Group tours available.

10 Market St, Belfast, Maine

2017 Program Schedule

Meetings are held at the Belfast Free Library, Abbott Room Starting at 7PM. All programs are FREE and open to the public.

Meetings are held at the Belfast Free Library, Abbott Room Starting at 7PM. All programs are FREE and open to the public.

Sgt Dana Southworth Belfast ME WWI

April 24

Belfast during World War I: Our Boys “Over There”
A talk by Megan Pinette, Belfast historian, about the days leading up to the United States entry into WWI, soldiers from Belfast fighting, and post-war remembrances.
Video Presentation

Frank Field House Belfast Maine

May 22

Frank Field’s View from High Street: Frozen Tomatoes, Wandering Cows, and Belfast Mid-Century.
Kay Retzlaff, Prof of English, U of Maine presented a slice of mid-19th century life. Frank Field ran a boarding house on Primrose Hill, a large garden, and was Belfast's Pound Keeper.
Video Presentation

Railroad ship by rail sticker Belfast ME

June 26

History of the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad – Celebrating 150 Years
Joey Kelley, railroad enthusiast and historian, presented a history of the BMLRR in conjunction with the publication of his book about the railroad. It was in February 1867, that the railroad charter was established.
Video Presentation

Overseers of the poor letter 1828 detail

July 24

The Poor Farm and The Pest House
Charlene Knox Farris, Searsport historian, will present The Poor Farm and the Pest House, with a focus on facilities in Belfast and surrounding towns. In 1859, the Poor Farm in Belfast was established by Axel Hayford, located on Hayford's Hill (RTE 3).

19th century Belfast harbor view illustration

Coming August 28

Mid-coast Maine in 1856 – A Moment in Time
Ray and Patricia Estabrook with youth from the Game Loft’s “Coming of Age in America” program will talk about life in mid-coast Maine during the pivotal election campaign of 1856 using the historically accurate but imagined setting of Norumbega County.

Glenn Geary Sardine carrier Sidney L Cullen

September 25

A Brief History of the Penobscot Bay Ecosystem – From Well-Stocked Seasonal Market to Giant Lobster Pound”
William Leavenworth, Maritime Environmental Historian will present the changes in the mid-coast fisheries over the decades.

Belfast Maine train and railroad

October 23

Trains, Planes and Automobiles
Presented by Kevin Johnson, Photo-Archivist Penobscot Marine Museum.

Recent Video Presentations

More BHSM Videos

From April through October the Belfast Historical Society invites guest speakers to present historical programs at the Belfast Free Library.  Many of these programs are available on our Vimeo channel.

What People Are Saying

“Belfast History Comes Alive”
The Belfast Historical Society & Museum is a hidden gem right off the town's center. I visited with my small group on a recent Saturday and we found the collection interesting and the staff friendly.

—Visitor from Warren, Massachusetts

“Great Little Museum”
If you are in Belfast or from Belfast there is no reason why not to spend 45mins or so at this free museum. It has tons of interesting articles, artifacts, and pictures of the history of this charming little town. It can ben done in 30mins or over an hour, however long you wish. Don't forget to visit the barn next door too. Really enjoyed reading about the history of the town, it has a lot of it for such a small place.
— Visitor from Miami FL

“The perfect little museum”
This is a wonderful place. Megan, loves to help, we are now looking up the history of my house. Fascinating history. Open during the tourist months
—Visitor from Belfast, Maine

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