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 1961, Phippsburg Historical Society has opened its doors every summer for curious visitors to visit and learn about the history of the town. PHS also encourages visitors to come and do genealogical research or just relive old times.
PHS has had two major renovations since the organization was founded.. One was in 1992 when an addition was built on to the museum which was dedicated to the life of Jane Poliquin. Also in 2007 another addition was built to make room for modern facilities and a research room. This was made possible with support of members and especially the bequest of the Simonatis family.
The society has also published several books containing well researched articles written by society members on remembrances of early life in Phippsburg. Two copies are for sale currently and a third volume is in the works.
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.
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
Phippsburg Historical Society P.O. Box 21 Phippsburg 04562