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.

Tourism Gallery
Tourism Gallery

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

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.

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

Cemetery Walking Tour
May 22, 2021 -- 10am to Noon

Join us as Ron Romano, author of Billboard Monuments of Maine, leads us on a walking tour of Ocean View Cemetery in Wells.   Pre-registration required.   Read more...

Hilton-Winn Preserve
June 5, 2021 - 10am to 2pm

Join HSWO and the York Land Trust for a history walking tour of the Hilton-Winn Preserve in York.

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Woodies in the Cove
Saturday, August 14, 2021

It's back!  After a pandemic break last year, our beloved Woodies in the Cove car show and parade is on for 2021.  We can't wait!   Read more...

Warrior Sports History
Fall/Winter 2021 -- Date TBA

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

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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!

Find out more here.

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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.

In case you missed it...

Ron Romano’s fascinating talk on Cemeteries, Gravestones, and Billboard Monuments is recorded here.  We also have signed copies of Ron’s book “Billboard Monuments of Maine” 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!