Buxton-Hollis Historical Society
Events Calendar

Sun., May 21, 1 - 3:30 P.M.: "VICTORIAN WHITE PARTY WITH MAYPOLE DANCING II". Enjoy for the second year the very popular celebration of the arrival of spring with the Movers and Shakers Competitive Dance Team of All That Dance Studio of West Buxton. Come rain or shine with your entire family as we gather on the front and south lawns of the historic Quillcote summer home of Kate Douglas Wiggin, 20 Salmon Falls Rd. in Hollis. Music, refreshments, croquet, horseshoes and floral crown wreaths in abundance! FMI, contact Jan Hill 929-8895. *Donations gratefully accepted.


Tues., June 20, 6:30: "THE TWO NARRAGANSETT TOWNSHIPS, NO. 1 & NO. 7" - Join us for this joint meeting of the Buxton-Hollis Historical Society with the Gorham Historical Society as presenters Robert "Butch" Yarumian of Maine Boundary Consultants of Buxton and a representative of the Gorham Historical Society discuss the common events that led to the formation of the two Narragansett Townships, Buxton and Gorham respectively. *Suggested donations $10; Seniors, $8.


Sat., July 22, 9 A.M.: We are excited to announce a new "NATURE WALK TO INDIAN CELLAR" with expert tour guide, John Mattor, of the Hollis Conservation Commission. Many improvements have been made to the trails over recent years. Gather & park in the lot across from the Salmon Falls Library at the junction of Rt. 202 and Old Alfred Rd. The Nature Walk will be followed by a delectable Noon BBQ in the Burt & Barb Pease barn at 59 Depot St. Hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages will be provided. Anyone wishing to contribute to the menu may drop side dishes off at the Pease residence prior to the Nature Walk. To R.S.V.P. needed for cook out only, contact Roberta Ramsdell at 929-4529 or email robertaramsdell@myottmail.com Donations gratefully accepted.


Sat., Aug. 5, 9 A.M.: "DORCAS FAIR & CAR SHOW" - Visit us as we participate in the Dorcas Fair at our BHHS sales tent on the Royal Brewster Mansion back forty, 8 Brewster Place, Bar Mills.

The BHHS Research Library & Museum will be closed for this event.


Sat., August 19, 5 P.M.: "BENEFIT BASH IN THE BREWSTER BARN – Lovely Summer Buffet with sumptuous homemade pies followed by Antique Appraisals" featuring Bruce A. Buxton, acclaimed appraiser and representative of Skinner’s Auctioneers of Boston. Tickets $25/person. All donations benefit the BHHS capital improvement fund. Be sure to R.S.V.P. Bev at 929-6495 to reserve your seat, 8 Brewster Place, Bar Mills.


Tues., Sept. 12, 6:30: "GENETIC GENEALOGY: Case Studies to Help with Traditional Genealogical Research" with Nancy Milliken Mason who will follow up on her first popular program with more case studies and a focused exploration of which modality to explore to answer YOUR specific questions and more. A genetic genealogist and member of many national and international historical / genealogical societies, Nancy has been doing traditional genealogy research for over 30 years. She is a member of the Maine Genealogical DIG (DNA Interest Group) and is a speaker for ISOGG. She teaches local Adult Education programs and is available for DNA research consultations. *Suggested donations $10; Seniors, $8.


Tues., Oct. 10, 6:30 P.M.: "THE COCHRANE CRAZE" presented by Nancy Ponzetti. At its height between 1817-1819, the Cochrane Craze swept through York County particularly in the towns of Saco, Buxton, Hollis, and Kennebunk. Non-denominational preacher, Jacob Cochrane (1782-1836), founder of The Society of Free Brethren and Sisters, promoted the doctrine of spiritual wifery while encouraging holy dancing and frenzied reaping in worship. Cochrane’s ascension and demise will be discussed in this program as well as his possible influence on both the Oneida Community and the Church of Latter Day Saints. Nancy Ponzetti, historian and educator, is the current vice president of the BHHS for Hollis. *Suggested donations $10 ; Seniors, $8.


Sat., Nov. 4, 5 P.M.: "APPRECIATING ANTIQUE HOMES, FROM ARCHITECTURE TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY" Join us for our Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner with well respected Real Estate Specialist, Linda Griffin of Linda Griffin Homes. She will be presenting local home slides, identifying styles and features and discussing numerous ways to make antique homes more energy efficient. As a preservationist and Vice-President of the Windham Historical Society and President of the Cornish Historical Society, Linda is concerned that many people these days are purchasing new homes because they are unaware of relatively easy ways to make older homes energy efficient. To reserve your seat at the table, please R.S.V.P. Roberta Ramsdell at 929-4529. *Suggested donations $10; Seniors, $8.


*Please note that suggested donations are used to support on-going capital improvements to our new history center building.