Street Address
221 Stratton Road (RT 16)
Rangeley, ME 04970
Mailing Address
PO Box 154
Rangeley, ME 04970
phone: 207-864-3939
e-mail: rlrlm.rangeley@gmail.com
web: www.rlrlm.org
Hours
Mid-June to Labor Day
Daily10 AM - 5 PM
Labor Day to mid-October
Daily10 AM - 4 PM
Admissions
Suggested donation of $3.00 per person OR $5.00 per family
Free. Donations Accepted.
Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Ronald Haines, President
phone: 207-864-3939
Margaret (Peggy) Yocom, Curator
June Aleck, Secretary
phone: 207-864-3939

Description

The complex of 7 buildings is situated on 72 acres of land at the east end of Haley Pond with Rangeley Village at the west end. Canoe/kayak access from the pond via a short trail to the festival grounds. The museum is located one mile outside of Rangeley, on Route 16, heading towards Stratton.

The main building displays some very unique knife carvings, chain saw carvings and other works, such as models, in wood. The chainsaw collection is large and covers the entire history of that type of saw. A small but important section of the museum is set up so young children can play with toy logging trucks and equipment. Our largest display is of a Bateau boat, that was used in the days of our pulp river drives.

What most people find the most outstanding in the museum is the 19 large paintings by Alden Grant depicting the complete process of logging in the area from stump to mill in 1915 to 1928. Those valuable paintings recently have been digitized so they can be reproduced for public purchase. All 19 paintings are available in the original full size, prints and greeting cards.

Our outside pole shed storage display area is filled with unique equipment of by-gone operations. A snubbing machine, a wood stove, swing table saw, driven by a Model A Ford engine, a left hand Lane saw mill, and probably the largest and most interesting would be the Muscle #3 which is the forerunner to the modern skidder.

We have a 100' covered Pavilion filled with picnic tables with three outdoor buildings supporting food storage, prep and serving. Large field area and with seating it is ideal for our logging contest. Our annual festival is always held on the last full week end in July which is a fun-filled two day event. Contests, programs, events, music, and a special noon "full meal" of bean hole beans (buried in the ground for 18 hours) Bakewell Cream biscuits and much more. The 72 acres have trails leading down to Haley Pond with access to water front; picnic tables are set for use. We continue to network with area schools to promote knowledge of Maine's most useful crop... trees. Our list of events can be found at our website, www.rlrlm.org and from there, check out our Facebook page where you'll find a multitude of photos of all of our events, happenings.

Mission

To preserve the rich cultural heritage of logging in the Rangeley Lakes Region so that it may be shared with generations to come; to educate about the contributions of logging, logging families, and the logging industry; to instill appreciation for the natural resources of the western Maine forest; and to inspire visitors to support this cultural preservation and encourage others to join in the effort.

History

Centrally located between the headwaters of both the Androscoggin and Kennebec Rivers, Rangeley has long been one of Maine's logging centers. Native Americans used the forest of spruce, balsam fir, beech, birch, and poplar for their homes, canoes, foods, and medicines.

Timber rights attracted the first white settlers to the area in 1794, and 1833 saw the beginning of the first woods industry shingle mill. Several decades later, booms of logs and, later, pulp were towed across Rangeley's lakes and driven down her rivers.

Rangeley's forests were home to some of the last stands of virgin spruce. This rich heritage, combined with active logging operations, makes Rangeley an ideal location for a museum dedicated to western Maine's timber heritage.

Artifacts Collections

Many historical logging artifacts, both indoor and outdoor.

Educational Programs

book lectures, integrated school children programs, historic discussions, bus and large group tours (please call ahead), educational festivals, etc.

Facilities

Indoor area

Comfortably accommodates 50 people for lectures, book signings, meetings, etc.

Outdoor fairground area

Can easily hold 100 (plus) vendors for festivals.

Covered 100' pavilion with picnic tables, 3 usable shacks w/electric, stove, fridge amenities, sound stage w/electricity, wooden benches for seating & viewing performances, competitions, etc.

Children's outdoor play area - think Birthday Party

camping available for hikers and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail connection

Performance Areas

Library

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: No

ADA

4 handicap parking spaces leading to a covered front, side ramp into the front of the museum

Wheelchair Accessible

Parking

Restrooms

Services

Gift Shop

Online Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours