Street Address
Thomaston Historical Society
Foot of Knox Street
Thomaston, ME 04861
Mailing Address
PO Box 384
Thomaston, ME 04861
Admissions
Donation
Museum Type(s)
Staff
Margaret McCrea, President

Description

The Thomaston Historical seeks to preserve the town's rich history, starting from the area's discovery by Captain George Waymouth in 1605. It is a town of many lifetimes. The first lasting settlement started in 1763, leading to the incorporation of Thomaston in 1777. In 1795 General Henry Knox, important Revolutionary War Patriot and General George Washington's Secretary of War, built a mansion place in Thomaston on the shores of the St. George River and initiated many new industries. Shipbuilding and lime quarries were major industries up until the early 1900s.

History

Thomaston Historical Society was formed in the 1970s and eventually assumed the role of caretaker of the General Henry Knox farmhouse, which had served as a railroad depot for several years. Restoration was undertaken and the building now houses various Thomaston documents and memoribilia. The society has a large photo collection in addition to some diaries and early journals. In 2003 a new archival wing was rebuilt over the footprint of an original el.

Governance

Board of Directors

Library

Access: General Public

Appointment required: Yes