Welcome to the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society!

Located at Bethel, Maine (established in 1768 and incorporated in 1796), the Bethel Historical Society collects, preserves, displays and interprets the history of western Maine and the White Mountain region of Maine and New Hampshire through exhibits, lectures, events, and publications.

The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society feature seven exhibit galleries and nine period rooms spread throughout two buildings—the 1821 O'Neil Robinson House and the 1813 Dr. Moses Mason House. The Society also maintains an extensive library and archival collection of books, manuscripts and photographs, plus thousands of historic objects that tell the story of the town of Bethel and surrounding region. Throughout the year, the Bethel Historical Society provides a full schedule of high quality events for people of all ages. We invite you to support the Society's work by making a donation or becoming a member!

Situated off Route 2, on Broad Street in Bethel, Maine, the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society are located twelve miles east of the Maine/New Hampshire border. Bethel lies at the junction of Routes 2 and 26; the latter provides easy access from the Portland area via Exit 63 of the Maine Turnpike. Bethel also can be reached on Routes 5 and 35.

2016 BHS Business Partners

We sincerely thank the following businesses, whose investment in the Bethel Historical Society is critical to the success of our programs, exhibits, educational activities, and publications.  Please take advantage of the services they offer and let them know you appreciate their support!

22 Broad Street at Gideon Hastings House
The Bethel Citizen
Bethel Family Dentistry
The Bethel Inn Resort
Bethel Shop-N-Save
72 Main St.
Bethel, ME 04217
Bethel Village Motel / Ruthie’s Boutique
Bonnema Potters
Café DiCocoa / DiCocoa’s Market & Bakery
Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service
Chapman Inn
D. A. Wilson & Company, LLC
687 Vernon Street
Bethel, Maine 04217
Franklin Savings Bank
Good Food Store & Catering Co.
Gray Marketing
The Mill Hill Inn
Northeast Bank
Norway Savings Bank
Olson’s Furs, Tents & Baseball
760 East Bethel Road
Bethel, Maine 04217
(207-875-5765 / memeolson@gmail.com)
Pat's Pizza of Bethel
Rice Tree Service
Waterford, Maine
(207-583-2474 / jnsrice91@aol.com)
River View Resort
Rooster's Roadhouse
S. S. Milton Seafood Restaurant
Smith & Town Printers, LLC
Smokin’ Good BBQ
Steam Mill Antiques
Sunday River Resort
The Sudbury Inn and Bistro 151
Swan Screenprinting
551 Vernon St.
Bethel, Maine 04217
Top Notch Tree Service, LLC
Tourmaline Media
Vernon J. Davis Painting
144 Reservoir Rd.
Bethel, Maine 04217
W. J. Wheeler Company, Inc.
Western Maine Supply Co.

For information about the benefits of becoming a BHS Business Partner, click here.

Selections from our Archives

Selected articles from The Courier, a publication of the Bethel Historical Society

Online Exhibits:
Bethel: A Historic Town
Molly Ockett and Her World
A River's Journey: The Androscoggin

Special Online Series
Bethel's Antiquarian Suppers
Gilead, Maine: Exploring Its Past
Western Maine Saints (Mormons)

Self-Guided Walking Tour of Bethel Hill Village (PDF)

Visit The Bethel Journals to explore the history of Bethel and other nearby communities.

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Email Address:

Bethel Historical Society / 10 Broad Street / P.O. Box 12 / Bethel, ME 04217
207-824-2908 / 800-824-2910