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South Bristol Historical Society


2024 Upcoming Events



July 23rd, Tuesday, 6:00pm — Heron Island History, a presentation by Heron Island summer resident Steve Signell who will discuss the island's early cottagers, Hotel Madockawando, store keepers, post masters and all-around caretakers including members of the Gamage and Jordan families. At the CCIA Casino in Christmas Cove.



August 14, Wednesday, 7:00pm—A presentation by author Jennifer Church, granddaughter of Hilda Hamlin. Church's book offers readers an in-depth look at the long life of Maine's "lupine lady." Hilda Hamlin (1889-1989) scattered lupine seeds from South Bristol to Damariscotta, inspiring the fictional character in Barbara Cooney's beloved children's book, "Miss Rumphius. At Union Church Parish Hall. 



September 19, Thursday, 6:00pm — South Bristol Town Trivia at the Wawenock Golf  Club. Buffet food and cash bar in the dining room followed by our Town Trivia Contest. Price $25 per person. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Walpole Union Chapel Restoration Project.


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The Town of South Bristol, Maine

"The old and historic town of Bristol named for Bristol, England, is one of the oldest towns in Maine, being the 20th of near 700 towns and plantations in the state. It was incorporated in 1765, fifty five years before the separation of Maine from Massachusetts and is older than the national government."

"South Bristol was made a separate town by act of Legislature in 1915 and separated from the town of Bristol. The new town is bounded as follows, beginning at north side of Prentiss Island on Damariscotta River, running east with north side of Prentiss line to an ash tree in the fork of the road. Theron south to the east branch of Foster's Cove so-called at the head of John's Bay, thereon southerly and westerly following the shores of John's Bay, Rutherford's Island, Atlantic Ocean, and Damariscotta River to the point of beginning, including all adjacent islands formerly belonging to Bristol."

(From "A Short History of South Bristol, Maine," by Nelson W Gamage, circa 1920)

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