We Are Open!

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

Historic Taverns and Tea Rooms of Maine
Sunday Dec. 5, 2021, at 3pm
$10/members
$12/non-members

Join us at the historic Lindsey Tavern (now Féile Irish Pub and Restaurant) as Kathy & Bill Kenny talk about the fascinating history of Maine's taverns and tea rooms.  Click here for details and tickets.

Holiday Market at the Meetinghouse
Sat. Dec. 12, 2021, 10am-2pm

Browse the vendors for crafts and other goodies, and enjoy hot cocoa, doughnuts, and popcorn. Stay and watch the start of the Wells Holiday Parade at 2 pm!  $25/ vendor space.  Read more...

Mornings at the Museum
New Dates Coming Soon

Free children's program with stories, crafts, and a scavenger hunt.    Read more...

Warrior Sports History
Date To Be Announced

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...

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!