Harpswell Historical Society

Incorporated 1979

929 Harpswell Neck Road
Harpswell, Maine  04079

The Harpswell Historical Society is dedicated to the discovery, identification, collection, preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of materials relating to the history of Harpswell and its people.

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Historic Park 
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Harpswell Historical Society
Bibliography of Harpswell History

Items with a * are available at the Museum

Alexander, William T. Harpswell on Casco Bay: Its Early History and Shipbuilding. Portland, Me. The Print Shop, Inc. 1973.

Babicki, Mo. Island fisherman: A Lobster Village Story. illustrated by Glenn Chadbourne. Bailey Island, Me.  Lobster Legacies. c1999.

Baxter, James Phinney, A.M., The Pioneers in New France New England, With Contemporary Letters and Documents.

*Bailey, Hollis R, Bailey Genealogy. James, John, and Thomas, and Their Descendants.

Bibber, Joyce K.,  Harpswell Images of America, Dover, NH., 1996

Bibber, Joyce K.,  Selected Maine Coast Postcards, Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC., 1998

Caldwell, Bill,  Islands of Maine, where America really began,  Portland, Maine,  1981

Carr, F. Benjamin. A Maine Summer Island: the Story of Bustins. Yarmouth, Me. Islandport Press. c2008

Clifford, Harold B. Charlie York: Maine Coast Fisherman, Camden, ME. International Marine Publishing Co., 1974

*Finding Aid for Town of Harpswell Municipal Records

Frappier, William, Steamboat Yesterdays on Casco Bay,  Toronto, Canada, 1993

Harpswell Comprehensive Plan. 1993, 2005.

Hill, Beth E., The Evolution of Bailey Island. Harpswell, Maine. 1992

*How did Harpswell Get Its Name? Harpswell Historical Society Newsletter. Summer 2014. p. 6. Click here

Jensen, Nancy Orr Johnson. Bailey Island: Memories, Pictures & Lore. Mahomet, IL. Mayhaven Publishing. c2003.

Jones, Herbert G., Isles of Casco Bay--In fact and fancy,  Portland, Maine; Jones Book Shop., 1946.

Lossing, Benson John and Wilson, Woodrow. Harper’s Encyclopedia of United States History from 458 A.D. to 1906. Harper & Brothers. 1905. p. 377

Maine: An Encyclopedia

Maine. Historic Preservation Commission. Augusta, Me.  
Text and photos from National Register of Historic Places: \
*Auburn Colony
*Bailey Island Library Hall
*Cobwork (Cribstone) Bridge
*Dunning, Deacon Andrew, House
*Eagle Island
*East Harpswell Free Will Baptist Church:
*Halfway Rock Light Station:
*Harpswell Meetinghouse:
*Kellogg, Elijah, Church:
*Kellogg, Elijah, House:
*Merriconegan Farm:
*Tarr–Eaton House:
*Union Church
*Union Hotel:

*Mitchell, Wilmot Brookings, Elijah Kellogg, the man and his work,  Boston, MA. 1903.

*Our Fishing Heritage [moving image recording]. Produced for Harpswell Community Television by Minotaur Productions. Brunswick, Me. Minotaur Productions. 1996. [Northeast Historic Film]

*Sinnett, Rev. Charles Nelson, Benjamin Darling of Casco Bay and Descendants

*Sinnett, Rev. Charles Nelson, Jacob Johnson of Harpswell, Maine and his Descendants East and West

*Sinnett, Rev. Charles Nelson, Walter Merryman of Harpswell, Maine and his Descendants

Simpson, Dorothy. The Maine Islands in Story and Legend. Nobleboro, ME. 1987, pp. 86-87, 91-92.

Snow, Edward Rowe,  The Romance of Casco Bay.,  New York,  1975

*Thwing, Annie Haven, "The story of Orr's Island, Maine" (1925).

*Trask, William Blake, A.M., Letters of Colonel Thomas Westbrook and Others Relative to Indian Affairs In Maine 1722—1726

Thomas, Miriam Stover, Come Hell or High Water, Harpswell, Maine, 1970.

Thomas, Miriam Stover, Flotsam and Jetsam, Harpswell, Maine, 1973.

*Our Fishing Heritage [moving image recording]. Produced for Harpswell Community Television by Minotaur Productions. Brunswick, Me. Minotaur Productions. 1996. [Northeast Historic Film]

*Varney, Geo. J., A Gazetteer of the State Of Maine

*Wescott,  Richard R, A History of Harpswell, Maine, Curtis Memorial Library and the the Harpswell Historical Society, Harpswell, Maine, 2010

*The Westcustogo Chronicle: Devoted to the Publication of Documents relating to the Early History of North Yarmouth, Maine, Including Harpswell. Freeport, Cumberland, and Yarmouth, all Offshoots of The Old Town. Also, Genealogical Records of the Principal Families in Each Town (1885)

*Wheeler, George Augustus and Hugh Warren, History of Brunswick, Topsham and Harpswell, Maine, New Hampshire Publishing Co., Somersworth, 1878.

Eagle Island: Admiral Peary

Henson, Matthew Alexander. A Black Explorer at the North Pole: an Autobiographical Report by the Negro who Conquered the Top of the World with Admiral Robert E. Peary. Foreword by Robert E. Peary. Introduction by Booker T. Washington. New York. Walker. 1969

Keely, Robert N. and G. G. Davis In Arctic Seas [microform]: the voyage of the “Kite,” with the Peary expedition, together with a transcript of the log of the “Kite.” Philadelphia. R.C. Hantranft. 1892.

MacMillan, Donald Baxter. How Peary Reached The Pole; The Personal Story Of This Assistant, Donald B. MacMillan…. Boston, New York. Houghton Mifflin Company. 1934.

Northward Over the Great Ice.” The Library of Congress. American Memory. at http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/may06.html (accessed November 16, 2010).

Peary, Robert E.. “Address Of Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary, U.S.N. At A Luncheon Of The Rotary Club Of Portland, Maine.” [Portland, Me. Tucker Printing Company, 1915.

*Sylvester, Herbert Milton, Ye Romance of Casco Bay :, 1849- :

Wright, Theon. The Big Nail: The Story Of The Cook-Peary Feud. New York. John Day Co. 1970.

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