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We are Open!

Friends, THANK YOU for visiting our website.  Our museum and research library are open for the season, with our hours posted at the bottom of the page.  We look forward to seeing you soon!


Celebrating 70 Years of History!

The Historical Society of Wells & Ogunquit was founded 70 years ago, and we're celebrating with special events and exhibits throughout the year.  Stay tuned for more to come!

Write Your Life
Memoir Class
Fridays 1-3 pm
Starts June 7 for 12 weeks
Members Free, Non-Members $15

We all have a story to tell.  Join Bill Farr for a fun and supportive seminar on writing your memoir. No experience needed! Read more...

Millennium Quarry Walking Tour
Saturday, June 15, 10 am
50 Quarry Road, Wells, ME
$10/$12 - SOLD OUT

Join us for a fascinating walking tour of the Millennium Granite Quarry in Wells. Come learn about its history, operations, and impact on architecture, both near and far.  Read more...

A Tale of Two Churches
Walking Tour
Sat. July 13, 10am-Noon
$10/$12 - Space is Limited

Don't miss this fascinating architectural and historical tour of two Wells churches.  Read more...

Author Talk: Courtney Sullivan's 'The Cliffs'
Tuesday July 30, 7:00 pm
Dunaway Center, Ogunquit
Free Admission

Author Courtney Sullivan will talk about her latest novel, The Cliffs, set in a fictional town inspired by Ogunquit.  Read more...

Author Talk: Colin Woodard
'The Lobster Coast'
Tuesday Aug 13, 7:00 pm
At the Meetinghouse
Admission $10

Historian and author Colin Woodard will talk about his bestselling book The Lobster Coast, a riveting tale of Maine's complicated history.  Click here for details and tickets.

Woodies in the Cove
Car Show & Parade
Saturday Aug. 17, 2024
8:30am to 2:00 pm
974 Post Rd, Wells, Maine

Don't miss the highlight of our summer!  The fun starts in Wells at 8:30, followed at 2:00 by a parade of Woody cars down to Perkins Cove in Ogunquit.  Read more...

Woodies in the Cove!
Saturday Aug 17, 2024

Please support our biggest fundraiser of the year and come see us at the show!  Click here for all the details.

Our searchable Collections Database is now online.

Historic Weddings

Choose our beautiful and historic seaside Meetinghouse as the setting for your very special day!  Affordable pricing, plenty of space, and a beautiful setting.  Find out more here.

Research Questions?  Ask Us!

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.


We have a wonderful selection of books on local history, books by local authors, and other items pertaining to the history of our beautiful area.  You can browse our gift shop whenever the museum is open (see hours below).

Check out the latest Mystery Monday

Help Save Roby Littlefield's WWI Trench Coat!

One of the dearest items in our museum is a WWI trench coat that was worn in battle in France by one of Ogunquit's own, Roby Littlefield.  We recently made the unfortunate discovery that Roby's coat needs serious restoration work if it is to survive for future generations.  We've set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the restoration.  Even the smallest donation will help.  Please spread the word, and help us honor Roby's service and the sacrifices of all who fought for our freedom.  Thank you!

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