Ogunquit Heritage Museum

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Ogunquit Heritage Museum
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The Ogunquit Heritage Museum is an institution that collects, preserves and exhibits items and documents related to Ogunquit’s heritage.
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT1,606 contributions
Explore Ogunquit's past
Oct 2020 • Solo
Devoted to Native American heritage, this rustic local museum preserves exhibits and documents related to Ogunquit's past. Check out their genealogical library which is very interesting. There are volumes of family history, town and regional history here.
Written May 30, 2021
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Thank you for your kind review.......but we are NOT devoted to Native American heritage.......at ALL! If you have visited our Museum you would know that?! We did an exhibit in 2016 on the original people. Every year people come in expecting Native American history because "Google writes" that we are "devoted to Native American heritage," like you just wrote-verbatim. We have been asking google for years to take it down but alas they haven't.
Written September 16, 2021
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH9,321 contributions
HISTORY OF OGUNQUIT IN A 1780 HOME
Aug 2020
In Ogunquit, I went to the Ogunquit Heritage Museum. It was a quaint home in a scenic setting.

As I headed in, a man and a woman came walking up the street and came into the museum about a minute behind me. The three of us got a brief guided tour of the three rooms of the house with exhibits.

Admission was free; however, there is a donation box.

We learned that the museum was home is the Captain James Winn House, an 18th century Cape built circa 1780. The house was about 200 years older than Ogunquit’s existence as a town separate from Wells officially in its fiscal year in 1980.

Most of the home’s original flooring, paneling, and hardware are intact.

The home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

The home's construction was very similar to that of my Aunt Anne's Cape-style house in West Bridgewater, MA which was built in 1695.

As expected, the museum had exhibits and objects that related Ogunquit’s history as a seafaring community of fishermen and lobstermen as well as artwork that related to its past as an enclave for artists and other elements of Ogunquit’s cultural history.

Furnishings in the keeping room depicted how people lived in the past.

There were pieces of nostalgia on display. One was the sign from The Whistling Oyster, once a tearoom and then a restaurant.

One room had a special exhibit of photos with brief biographies of famous people who had Maine roots or ties to Maine. One surprise for me was Rudy Vallée, who was born in Island Pond, VT but grew up in grew up in Westbrook, ME. The three Wyeths were represented for their time spent painting in Maine. And, of course, film and TV star Patrick Dempsey, a Lewiston native, was acknowledged. I also recognized photos of well-known Maine politicians U.S. Representative and later U.S Senator Margaret Chase Smith and U.S. Senator Edward Muskie, who was U.S. Secretary of State under President Jimmy Carter. As expected, I found the photos and bio of author Sarah Orne Jewett of South Berwick and artist Winslow Homer, who settled in Prouts Neck.

In the addition to the house, there was a small reference library and a two exhibits that I liked in the addition built by the museum. One exhibit was on a mantel and had large illuminated port and starboard lanterns. The other was a diorama in the corner of the room that kind of summed up Ogunquit’s past.

I rate the Ogunquit Heritage Museum at 4.50 and can recommend a visit.

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Written August 22, 2020
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Richard C
Winchendon, MA50 contributions
Tuesday visit
Sep 2019 • Couples
We arrived and were greeted cheerfully at the door by the host. She gave us a brief overview of the house and some history and let us wander. It’s a very cool old home filled with great photographs and information about the formative years of the towns growth. The theme is overwhelmingly fishing related and will fascinate any history buff. A donation box is located at the door if you so desire. Definitely recommended!
Written September 10, 2019
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Michael R
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Well preserved historical site.
Jun 2019 • Couples
My wife and I fully enjoyed our tour of this 1700s fisherman's house. The house may be small but is filled with great photos, art and exhibits. I especially liked the older photos of the Marginal Way and if the actors that were involved with the local playhouse. The house itself has been greatly preserved so you'll feel like you've stepped back in time as you tour.
Staff was very friendly and took time to show us around and answer questions.
Written June 14, 2019
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Ray Casbourn Photography
Ogunquit, ME55 contributions
History
Jul 2018 • Solo
Great place to begin your visit to Ogunquit, Maine, on Obeds Lane near the Meadowmere Resort hotel. You'll find history of Ogunquit dating from way back at the beginning of the20th century and beyond.
Written January 16, 2019
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jerseycatz
Flemington, NJ16 contributions
History in an Old Building
Sep 2018 • Couples
Off the beaten path but worth checking out. It's in an old house with lots of local history. If you like peace and quiet on a small scale this is the place for you.
Written September 28, 2018
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Donna34748
Leesburg, FL80 contributions
Place to go for local history.
Jun 2018 • Couples
We were so impressed with the museum that we donated a picture of the local history. We were the first visitors of the season.
Written June 3, 2018
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CyndyandByron
Bridgeton, NJ910 contributions
Small museum which tells a local story
Oct 2017
This museum is very specific to the small villages of Ogonquit and Perkin's Cove. Locals have provided the museum contents to keep their unique area alive in the hearts of visitors as well as the future generations of the community members. For example, curators have recreated a fish house from memorabilia provided by local fishermen from Perkin's Cove. The museum is located in a building which was a portion of the more than 200 year old dwelling of a fishing "magnate" of the day. The original home included an L shaped addition in addition to a four room plus upstairs house, quite sumptuous for the times. This museum is near the busy hotel and restaurant section of the village. There is no admission fee, but donations are accepted.
Written October 14, 2017
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Tricia B
Manchester, NH114 contributions
Unique place
May 2017 • Family
Has all different kinds of home essential items and they're own line of flavorful products. They also have a place to get a bite to eat.
Written July 11, 2017
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I'm sorry as we don't have a place to get a bite to eat. and by "line of flavorful products" do you mean the books and dvd we sell?
Written August 4, 2018
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Jean W
Tampa, Florida, United States643 contributions
Lovely, tiny museum
Jun 2017 • Couples
There is no charge for this little museum and the lady there was very helpful, friendly and informative. Highly recommend this gem.
Written July 1, 2017
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