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Friends, THANK YOU for visiting us.  Our COVID-19 guidelines are in place to keep everyone safe and healthy.  Masks are required and we maintain social distancing.  We look forward to seeing you!

A Welcoming Front Door
A Welcoming Front Door

The front door of our 1862 Meetinghouse, where you can find the Meetinghouse Museum, the Esselyn Perkins Library, and a beautiful place for a wedding ceremony.

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Tourism Gallery
Tourism Gallery

A vintage postcard extolling the virtues of a visit to Wells, Maine.

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Woodies in the Cove
Woodies in the Cove

The annual "Woodies in the Cove" car show is our biggest fundraising event of the year and always draws a great crowd to see the cars and watch the afternoon parade to Perkins Cove.

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A Welcoming Front Door
A Welcoming Front Door

The front door of our 1862 Meetinghouse, where you can find the Meetinghouse Museum, the Esselyn Perkins Library, and a beautiful place for a wedding ceremony.

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Upcoming Events

Annual Meeting
Oct. 20, 2021, 5:30pm on Zoom

Find out what the Society has been up to this year, hear our plans for the future, and enjoy our popular Postcard Game.  Read more...

How Old is My House?
Nov. 4, 2021, at 6:30 pm

Have you ever wondered when your home was built?  Or who lived in it before?  Join us and find out how to answer those questions!   Click here for details and tickets...

Cemetery Walking Tour
Nov. 6, 2021, 11 am and 1 pm
Ocean View Cemetery, Wells

Author Ron Romano returns for another fascinating cemetery tour.  The first one sold out quickly, so this time we're offering two tours.   Click here for details and tickets...

Market at the Meetinghouse
Tentative Date: Dec. 12, 2021

Artisans, craftspeople, vintage vendors, and local small businesses are invited to join us for a holiday market at the Meetinghouse. Vendor spaces are available at $25 each.  Read more...

Warrior Sports History
Fall/Winter 2021 -- Date TBA

Join us as we team up with the Wells High School Alumni Association to present a lively history of school sports in Wells and Ogunquit.  Read more...

Mornings at the Museum
Saturday Oct. 23, 2021, 10 am

Free children's program with stories, crafts, and a scavenger hunt.  This week's theme is Flying MachinesRead more...

Research Questions?

Ask Hope!

HSWO has one of the finest research archives in southern Maine.  Visit us during open hours, or call or email your questions and we are happy to assist.

Historic Weddings

Choose our beautiful and historic seaside Meetinghouse as the setting for your very special day!

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Annual

Fund

Read our Five-Year Capital Plan and learn how you can help us achieve our goals.  Your contributions to our Annual Fund are much appreciated.

We've started something new at the Meetinghouse: a children's program called Mornings at the Museum.  Kids enjoy a fun morning of stories, activities, a scavenger hunt, and a craft to take home.  And it's free!  The first few programs have been a big hit.  Check our Event Calendar for upcoming programs.

In case you missed it...

Ron Romano’s fascinating talk on Cemeteries, Gravestones, and Billboard Monuments is recorded here.  Signed copies of Ron’s book “Billboard Monuments of Maine” are available from our Gift Shop. (Curbside pick-up available.)

Be sure to check out the new Perkins Cove website. Thank you, Amy Forbes, for drawing attention to this wonderful coastal enclave. The site’s colorful imagery and modern flyover video offer visitors a rich introduction to one of Ogunquit’s treasured resources. HSWO was pleased to provide historical images to highlight past eras in the Cove. Don’t miss it -- online or in person!