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Event Calendar

Visit our Video Archive for recordings of previous programs and events.

Mystery Monday!
So you think you know Wells and Ogunquit?  We have fun posting a variety of challenging questions on our Facebook page.  Here's the latest one:

Summer is coming and that means summer visitors.  Can you identify this lodging spot on the Berwick Road in Ogunquit?  (We love that nice Craftsman porch railing!)

Scroll to the bottom to see the answer.

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Rotating Special Exhibits
During our Regular Hours - Free Admission
At the Meetinghouse (938 Post Road in Wells)

The Historical Society of Wells & Ogunquit was founded 70 years ago, and we're celebrating!  In addition to special events, we will have rotating special exhibits throughout the year featuring some of our favorite artifacts.  Our May exhibit includes the beautiful 1890 quilt shown here, which was recently donated to the Society and has a secret that makes it very special indeed.  Come find out why we're so excited about this latest addition to our museum, and what other anniversary events are in the works.  Admission is free.   We look forward to seeing you!

Millennium Granite Quarry Tour
Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 10 am
50 Quarry Road in Wells
$10 members, $12 non-members
  • Space is limited -- reservations required
  • Please contact us to reserve your spot

Back by popular demand!  Please join us for a fascinating walking tour of the Millennium Granite quarry on (where else?) Quarry Road in Wells.  Granite is one of New England’s iconic building and memorial stones, and this Wells quarry has supplied many important projects around the nation.  Come along and learn about its history, operations, and impact on architecture, both near and far.

 

Wells has been known as a regional source of granite since the 19th century. Builders and craftspeople first identified areas of exposed granite ledge, called “motions,” which could be accessed in local hillsides. Slabs of granite were removed from these ledges using hand tools, leaving distinctive marks which can still be seen in local foundations and stone walls today.

Formerly known as the Quarry at Bald Hill, and first owned by both the Swenson and Miniutti families, the Millennium Granite quarry opened in the early 20th century.  Newly developed power tools and machinery vastly improved quarrying operations, and the business employed local residents for decades.

Known for its colorful pink hue, this high-quality granite can be found in many landmarks nationwide, including the Pentagon, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Statler hotel in Washington, DC, and the Tiffany and DePinna stores in New York City.

Learn about the rich history of Wells quarries and see how Millennium Granite Quarry & Stoneworks provides superior uncommon soft-pink granite and other fine stones to architects, landscape architects and designers across the country.

A Tale of Two Churches: 180 Years
of History and Architecture 
Saturday, July 13, 10am to Noon
At the Meetinghouse (938 Post Road in Wells)
Members $10, Non-members $12
  • Space is limited -- reservations required
  • Please contact us to reserve your spot

Join us as our Executive Director (and Preservation Architect) Bryce Waldrop leads us on a fascinating architectural and historical tour of two of the earliest places of worship in Wells: our own Meetinghouse (formerly the First Congregational Church), and the Congregational Church of Wells (formerly the Second Congregational Church).  You'll hear how the congregations split, then rejoined, and you'll see hidden passageways and other architectural secrets.

The Littlefields: Founding Family of Wells
Summer 2024, Date to be announced
At the Meetinghouse (938 Post Road in Wells)
Members $10, Non-members $12
  • Cash or check at the door
  • Reservations not required

As part of our series of 70th Anniversary Celebration events, we are thrilled to welcome author and genealogist Priscilla Eaton, who will tell us about her book, The Littlefield Genealogy: Descendants of Edmund Littlefield of Wells, Maine, Through Six Generations.  This detailed genealogical study of Edmund and his family, who are widely considered to be the founders of early Wells, was awarded the prestigious Donald Lines Jacobus Award from the American Society of Genealogists.  Priscilla was born and raised in New Hampshire and now lives in Rochester, New York, with her husband Gregory Gumina.

Author Talk: J. C. Sullivan's "The Cliffs"
July 30, 2024 -- Time to be announced
Dunaway Center, 23 School Street, Ogunquit
Free Admission

 

On a secluded bluff overlooking the ocean sits a Victorian house, lavender with gingerbread trim, a home that contains a century's worth of secrets.  Join us at the Dunaway Center in Ogunquit as New York Times bestselling author J. Courtney Sullivan talks about her latest novel and how it was inspired by her time spent in Ogunquit.  The Cliffs is a story of family, secrets, ghosts, and homecoming set on the seaside cliffs of Maine.

J. Courtney Sullivan is the best-selling author of the novels Commencement, Maine, The Engagements, Saints for All Occasions, and Friends and Strangers.  Her work has been translated into seventeen languages. Sullivan's writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, New York, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Real Simple, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among many others. In 2017, she wrote the forewords to new editions of two of her favorite classic novels—Anne of Green Gables and Little Women. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two children.

Mornings at the Museum
Children's Programs - Free!

Bring the kids for Mornings at the Museum, where they can enjoy a fun program of stories, activities, a scavenger hunt, and a craft to take home.  Every program has a unique theme... and admission is free!

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  • Summer 2024 - Watch this space for dates to be announced

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Woodies in the Cove
Saturday, August 17, 2024, 8:30 am to 2:00 pm
974 Post Road (US Route 1) in Wells

Join us for the annual Woodies in the Cove car show, our biggest fundraiser of the year!  The show starts at 8:30 am at 974 Post Road (US Route 1) in Wells, followed by a Woodies parade at 2 pm through Wells and Ogunquit and into Perkins Cove.  Admission is free for spectators.  Visit our Woodies in the Cove page for more details.

Mystery Monday!
And the answer is...

Clark's Inn on the Berwick Road in Ogunquit.

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