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Welcome to the

South Bristol Historical Society


2024 Upcoming Events



June 15, Saturday 10am - 12 noon—Cemetery walk at the McFarland-Erskine Cemetery and the Thompson-Thurston (Kings Cove) Cemetery. Meet at the Thompson Ice House for parking instructions.



June 26, Wednesday 6:30pm — South Bristol in the 17th Century, a presentation by Dave Andrews who will share his research into early colonial South Bristol. At Union Church Parish Hall.



July 11, Thursday 6:30pm — Annual General Meeting followed by a presentation by archeologist Tim Dinsmore on Shipbuilding along the Damariscotta River. At the Union Church Parish Hall .


Be Informed
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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