Each year the Moosehead Historical Society & Museums entertain and educate hundreds of visitors from as far away as Alaska and Europe.
The Moosehead Historical Society & Museum was founded in 1962 by a group of local residents interested in preserving the rich and colorful history of the Moosehead Lake region. This interest has evolved over the years to encompass the gathering, conservation, and preservation of tens of thousands of photographs, paper ephemera, and three-dimensional artifacts, all housed in the buildings of the Moosehead Historical Museum and The Center for Moosehead History. These collections and displays provide insight into both the rugged and the fashionable lifestyles of the people who lived in, and visited, this remote region of Maine.
One visitor wrote of the Moosehead Historical Society’s museums, “I can’t even begin to explain to you how interesting and amazing these museums are. I can write for days about all the different exhibits and artifacts they have to offer. But to really get a good understanding of Moosehead’s history, you need to see it for yourself. They have so much to offer and you may not have known it, but everything you need to know about the area’s history is right at your fingertips. So add a tour of the Historical Society and Center for Moosehead History and Aviation Museum to your bucket list. I promise you won’t regret it.”
The property upon which the gracious Victorian-era mansion, the carriage house, and barn are situated was bequeathed to the Historical Society by Julia and Philip Crafts Sheridan to commemorate the economic, social, and cultural heritage of the region.
Built in the early 1890s, the house and grounds were once part of the old Moosehead Inn property. The spectacular landscaping, particularly the sunken garden, became a showcase for residential horticulture in the early 20th century.
Our mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit the history of the greater Moosehead Lake region and its watershed, and to perpetuate the contributions of the people, past and present, who populate the area.
In pursuit of that mission, when you arrive, our professional docent staff will provide highly informative and entertaining guided tours of the Eveleth-Crafts-Sheridan Historical House, Carriage House, Barn, and Lumbermen’s Museum.
Brand new this summer is “Moosehead’s Outdoor Heritage,” a permanent exhibit being unveiled to members and invited guests at the Annual Meeting on June 20. Doors will open for public tours the following week, on June 26. Moosehead’s Outdoor Heritage tells the stories and provides visitors with essential information about the life and times of our region’s working heritage and culture, and the spectacular natural resources, animals, mountains, woods and waters we live with. It will also provide visitors with key notes about the private timberlands surrounding our communities and how that is different than what is found in other destinations around the U.S.
We offer an historical overview of the region’s communities, the hotels and sporting camps, the lumbering industry, the steamboats on Moosehead Lake, and the people who settled and developed the region.
Many visitors say they were unaware of, and often amazed by, everything the Society has to offer. Not only are guided tours offered during the summer months, a wide variety of other services including research, genealogy records, cemetery records, photocopying of paper ephemera, and scanning of photographs are available.
The Society is understandably proud of having been described by the Main Historical Society as one of the finest small town museums in New England and actively endeavors to honor that distinction.