Founded in 1953 to preserve the local history, traditions and customs of Bridgton, Maine and the surrounding area, the Society operates a museum and research center at 5 Gibbs Avenue in downtown Bridgton, and “Narramissic,” the Peabody-Fitch House, a restored 19th-century farm, complete with a working blacksmith shop, in South Bridgton located near the end of Ingalls Road, one mile in from route 107.
The Rufus Porter Museum was founded in 2005 to celebrate the life of Rufus Porter (1792-1884), a painter, inventor, musician, and writer. The museum began by preserving and exhibiting Rufus Porter Style wall murals, and since has expanded to encompass Porter? other accomplishments, and to promote the preservation of early 19th Century Maine and New England culture for future generations. We invite you to share in Porter’s uniquely American blend of creativity, ingenuity, practicality, and energy by coming to explore Rufus Porter’s era through the museum.