Historic Homes and Museums

Ruggles House in Columbia Falls

Ruggles House in Columbia Falls


Abbe Museum, 26 Mount Desert St., Late May-early Nov., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Admission charged. Abbe at Sieur de Monts Spring: Late-May-mid-Oct., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission. 288-3519, www.abbemuseum.org.
Bar Harbor Historical Society Museum, 33 Ledgelawn Ave., June 15 – Oct. 3, Mon.-Sat. 1-4 p.m. except holidays. Free. 288-3807 or 288-0000, www.barharborhistorical.org.
Bar Harbor Whale Museum, 52 West St., Bar Harbor waterfront, open 7 days a week June-Oct. Free. 288-0288, www.barharborwhalemuseum.org.
Davistown Museum & Sculpture Gardens, Breakneck Road entrance to Acadia National Park. Free. Dawn to dusk April through November. 288-5126 or 589-4900. www.davistownmuseum.org.
George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, College of the Atlantic, Rte. 3, 105 Eden St., open year-round except Dec. and mid March-end March Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission. 288-5395 or 288-5015, www.coa.edu.
Oceanarium Lobster Museum, Bar Harbor, Rte. 3, May 26-late Oct., Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission. 288-5005, www.theoceanarium.com.


Holt House, home of the Blue Hill Historical Society, Water St., July-mid-Sept., Tues. & Fri. 1-4 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Open all year, Thurs. 9 a.m.-noon for research. Free. 374-9933 or 374-5596. www.bluehillhistory.org.
Jonathan Fisher House, 44 Mines Rd., Rte. 15 South, ¾ mile from Blue Hill village. July 5-Labor Day, Thurs.-Sat. 1-4 p.m. Donation. 374-2459, www.jonathanfisherhouse.org.


Brooklin Keeping Society, 23 Bay Rd. Year-round, Tues. 1-4 p.m. Free. 359-8880.


The Good Life Center, last homestead of Helen and Scott Nearing, 372 Harborside Rd., Harborside. June 22-Labor Day, Thurs.-Mon. 1-5 p.m. Labor Day-Oct. 7 weekends. Donation. 326-8211, www.goodlife.org.


Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s summer home, 459 Rte. 774, Welshpool, on Campobello Island across international bridge from Lubec. Open the Saturday prior to Memorial Day through Columbus Day, daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Last tour begins 4:45 p.m. Free. (506) 752-2922, www.fdr.net.


Wilson Museum, artifacts and exhibits, 120 Perkins St., May 27-Sept. 30, Open weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Free. 326-9247,


Cherryfield-Narraguagus Historical Society, 88 River Rd. Open last Saturday in June 10 a.m.-4 p.m., July & Aug. Fri. 1-4 p.m. Free. 546-2076 or 546-7937.


Ruggles House, ca. 1818, home of Judge Thomas Ruggles, 146 Main St., June 1-Oct. 15, Mon.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Sun. noon-4:30 p.m. Admission. 483-4637,


Great Cranberry Island Historical Museum, Cranberry House, 1/3 mile from dock. Daily June through September, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 244-7800, Also the legend of Rachel Field’s Hitty, a cafe and a public trail. www.gcihs.org.
Islesford Historical Museum, Little Cranberry Island, mid-June-Sept., Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Sun. 10:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. 244-9224, www.nps.gov/acad.


Salome Sellers House (restored period house, 1830), 416 Sunset Rd., Rte. 15A, Sunset, July-mid Sept., Wed. & Fri. 1-4 p.m. Free. www.dis-historicalsociety.org. 348-6400.


Quoddy Maritime Museum, corner of Water and Boynton streets, late May- mid-Sept., Sun.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 853-4297.


Birdsacre Wildlife Sanctuary, Rte. 3, 289 High St., May-Oct., daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Gift shop open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 667-8460. Donation. 667-8460, www.birdsacre.com.
Old Hancock County Jail, home of Ellsworth Historical Society. State Street, July and Aug., Tues. and Thurs. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or by appointment. Donation. 667-5716.
Woodlawn Museum, Rte. 172 (Surry Road) ¼ mile from downtown Ellsworth, May and Oct., Tues-Sun 1 p.m.-4 p.m., June-Sept. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. 1-4 p.m. Croquet Court. Admission. Adjacent fields and trails open, sunrise to sunset, picnics welcome, free. 667-8671, www.woodlawnmuseum.org.
The Ellsworth Historical Society, 40 State Street, July & August., Thu. & Sat. 10 a.m-3 p.m. or by appointment. 667-8235, 667-5716, www.ellsworthme.org/ellshistory.
The Telephone Museum, 166 Winkumpaugh Rd., July-Sept., open by appointment. 667-9491, www.thetelephonemuseum.org.


Franklin Historical Society Museum and Post Office, 249 Hog Bay Road, Rte. 200, July-Labor Day, Sat. 2-4 p.m., or by appointment. Free, donations welcome. 565-2223 or 565-3349.


Gouldsboro Historical Society Museum (The Old Townhouse 1884), 452 Rte. 1. July 4-Sept. 12, Sat. 2-4 p.m., or by appointment. Free, donations welcome. 963-7155 or 963-7018.


Lubec Historical Society/Museum, 135 Main Street, Old Columbian Packing Store, Museum is open from early June through Mid-Oct. (Columbus Day Weekend). Open Mon., Wed., Fri. from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm. www.lubechistoricalsociety.com. 733-2274.


Burnham Tavern Museum, Main and Free Sts., Rte. 192, mid-June-Sept., Mon.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission. National Register of Historic Places. 255-6930, www.burnhamtavern.com.


Fort O’Brien State Historic Site, Rte. 92 (directly behind Fort O’Brien Elementary School), Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily. 344 Port Rd. (Rte. 92), July-August, Tues.-Fri. 12:30-4:30 p.m. 255-8461.


Milbridge Historical Museum, 83 So. Main St., June 2-Sept. 2, Sat. & Sun. 1-4 p.m., also Tues. 1-4 p.m. in July & Aug. Free. 546-7812 or 546-7046, www.milbridgehistoricalsociety.org.


Mount Desert Island Historical Society, Somesville Museum and Selectmen’s Building, Main St. & Oak Hill Rd., Somesville, mid-June-mid-Sept., Tues.-Sat. 1-4 p.m. 244-5043.
The Old School House & Museum, 373 Sound Dr., mid-June-Oct., Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 276-9323.


The Great Harbor Maritime Museum, 124 Main St. (in the Old Firehouse), seasonal, Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free, small suggested donation. 276-5262.


Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery and Visitor Center, 306 Hatchery Rd., Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 469-6701, ext. 215, www.fws.gov/northeast/mainefisheries.
The Atlantic Salmon Museum at Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery, 306 Hatchery Road, 1.3 miles off Route 1. June-Sept. Sat., Sun., Tues. & Thurs., noon-3 p.m. Call for appointment. 469-6701, ext. 215. www.fws.gov/northeast/mainefisheries.


Fort Knox Civil War-era historic site, 711 Fort Knox Rd., west of Waldo-Hancock Bridge and Penobscot Narrows Observatory on U.S. Rte. 1. May 1-Nov. 1, daily 8:30 a.m.-sunset. Admission. 469-6553, www.fortknox.maineguide.com.


Seal Cove Auto Museum, 1414 Tremont Rd. May 1 through Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week. Admission. 244-9242, www.sealcoveautomuseum.org.


Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society, Route 172, 575 North Sedgwick Rd., July-Aug., Sun. 2-4 p.m. 359-8086.


Wendell Gilley Museum of Bird Carving, 4 Herrick Rd., May, Fri., Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., June-October, Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., July and August until 5 p.m. Closed July 4.
Admission. 244-7555, www.wendellgilleymuseum.org.


Granite Museum, 51 Main St. Call for in-season hours. Free. 367-6331.


Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society, Sorrento-Sullivan Recreation Center, U.S. Hwy 1, West Sullivan, Tues. 1-3 p.m. Free. 422-6816.


Burnt Coat Harbor Light, Hockamock Head. The lighthouse on Swan’s Island opens for the season June 18 and is open Tues,-Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit the keeper’s house and tower, with a historic exhibit and small art gallery. Also, 1.8 miles of trails with acess to two beaches. Check www.burntcoatharborlight.com for informaton on how to visit or, after June 18, call the keeper’s house at 526-4025.
Lobster & Marine Museum. By appointment. 526-4423 or 526-4282. June 20-August.


Country Store Museum Tremont Historical Society, 4 Granville Rd., Bass Harbor, July 5-Oct 11, Mon. and Wed. 1-4 p.m. 244-9753.