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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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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

Mornings at the Museum
Children's Program
Thursday May 5, 2022
10-11 am at the Meetinghouse

Bring the kids for a fun morning of stories, crafts, and a scavenger hunt.  This month's theme is "May Flowers!"  Click here for details.

Backyard Gardening
Thursday May 19, 2022
6-8 pm at the Meetinghouse
Cost: $18 (members $10)

Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just getting started, join us to learn best practices for growing in southern Maine!  Click here for details and tickets.

York County and the American Civil War
Tuesday May 24 at 2:30pm
Ogunquit Memorial Library

Join Skip Grabowski and our Executive Director Bryce Waldrop in a discussion of Maine’s participation, and that of York County in particular, in the American Civil War.  Program is free.   Read more...

Identifying House Styles: The 20th Century
Thu June 9, 2022 on Zoom
Cost: Donation

Please join us as HSWO Executive Director, Bryce Waldrop, guides us through 20th-century house styles in Maine.   Click here for details and tickets.

Historic Weddings

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

Find out more here.

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For centuries, Mainers have sustained themselves and their families through hard work and self-reliance. They were the original DIYers and their homesteading traditions offer great insight into the way they lived and how we might use those skills today.  Join us as we debut The Homesteading Series, where we hope to bring our community back to its roots.

The Homesteading Series was inspired by local photographer and HSWO Board member Rachael Kloss Pawlik. Rachael and her husband, Ogunquit police officer Neal Pawlik, along with their young daughter, have been renovating an historic homestead in Wells since 2018. This led to an interest in traditional skills, like gardening and raising livestock, which have been a part of homesteading in Wells for generations.

Historically, homesteads in Maine and across New England were complex operations that involved every member of the family. In addition to barns and cultivated fields, dooryards were busy places where poultry and swine roamed, while the family maintained a rich kitchen garden. An orchard was typically not far away.  Our photograph archives are full of images of homesteads in Wells and Ogunquit, where you can see the relationship between home, farm, and garden landscape, so common in New England.  The series kicks off on April 28 with Raising a Backyard Chicken Flock.  Visit our Event Calendar for all the details!

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.

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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.