Street Address
77 Pulpit Harbor Road
North Haven, ME 04853
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 322
North Haven, ME 04853
phone: 207-867-4752
fax: 207-867-4769
e-mail: nhhist@midcoast.com
Hours
Open during the winter
Tuesday - Thursday1:30 PM - 4 PM
It is always best to arrange a visit by appointment
Staff
Callie Davisson, Executive Assistant
phone: 207-867-4752

Description

The North Haven Historical Society's North Island Museum is open during the winter by appointment. The Archives Building is usually open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 1:30 to 4. It is always best to arrange a visit by appointment either by calling 207-867-4752 or by email at nhhist@midcoast.com

North Haven has its own post office (04853). The North Haven Grocery Store provides year-round grocery service. The town also employs a year-round doctor at the North Haven Medical Clinic. Accommodations on the island are available through the Nebo Lodge as well as Our Place Inn & Cottages. The North Haven library is located in the downtown section of town and is open year-round. The community building is owned by the town of North Haven and houses a basketball court and weight room. North Haven Arts & Enrichment owns and operates Waterman’s Community Center, running preschool and after-school programs, hosting plays, music concerts, and guest artists within the community. The Town of North Haven owns considerable tracts of land, including Burnt Island and Mullins Head Town Park where community members have access to open spaces, picnic areas, beaches, and walking trails. The North Haven Historical Society is a very active community organization and completed a new building in 2008.

History

The first permanent settlers of the island of European descent arrived in the 1760’s. As the population increased, trees were felled to build homes and farming and fishing were the major occupations. It was not until 1786 that the petition of these settlers for clear title to their lands was approved by the General Court of Massachusetts. Over the course of the next 80 years or so, as Norwood Beveridge tells us in The North Island (1976), the settlement "… had passed from one nation to another, been a part of both Massachusetts and Maine, belonged to four different counties – Lincoln, Hancock, Waldo and Knox, and worn four different names – Fox Islands Plantation, Vinalhaven, Fox Isle, and North Haven."

That Red Paint People and Pre-Algonkians inhabited North Haven as early as 3300 B.C has been established with evidence from charcoal samples and artifacts. Native Americans and Europeans fished the waters surrounding the island for many years, but the credit for “discovering” it traditionally goes to Martin Pring who, in 1603, gave the name "Fox Islands" to the islands now known as Vinalhaven and North Haven.