Freeport Historical Society (FHS), a 501(c)3 non-profit, celebrated its’ 40th year of incorporation in 2009. But interest in and commitment to Freeport history and preservation started much earlier.
Since 1969, Freeporters and area residents have volunteered their time as Trustees and Officers, Committee Leaders and members, and as volunteers. A quick calculation indicates that over three hundred people have contributed to this non-profit since its inception. That number is probably very low. And many have volunteered over a number of years.
Our mission remains: to collect and preserve; research and exhibit; and teach and advocate the history of Freeport, Maine.
We work to accomplish our mission by (1) making our archives and artifact collections accessible to students, scholars, Freeporters, and visitors for research and study; (2) “raiding” the Collections and presenting them to public via exhibits and other public programs to broaden and deepen Freeport’s history and by producing a quarterly newsletter; (3) stewarding and maintaining public access to two National Register properties-Pettengill Farm and Harrington House; advocating for the preservation of historic landscapes and buildings; and (4) collaborating with a range of organizations and individuals who care about the mission of keeping Freeport’s past present.
FHS owns two properties listed in the National Register. Harrington House, located in Freeport village at 45 Main Street, houses our exhibits, research area and archives, and business offices. We also own Pettengill Farm, a two-hundred year-old, 140-acre saltwater farm located 1.5 miles from Harrington House. Both are open to the public.
Our public hours at Harrington House are Monday through Friday from 10:00am -5:00pm. Pettengill Farm grounds are open year-round, dawn to dusk. The house is open by appointment and on Pettengill Farm Day, the first Sunday in October.