Buxton-Hollis Historical Society
Events Calendar

2019 Events

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 9 A.M. - 2 P.M.:  Please join us for the OPENING of our second major exhibit From Moderation Village to Downtown West Buxton 1840’s to 1950’s”. View historic photographs and artifacts that describe the transition of this Buxton and Hollis village from farming and lumbering to a commercial and industrial center. Refreshments served. BHHS, 100 Main St., Bar Mills, ME. *Suggested donations $10; Seniors $8.


TUESDAY, MAY 14, 7 P.M.:  Early Gravestones in Buxton & Hollis--the Genius of Bartlett Adams”. In 1800, 24-year-old Bartlett Adams moved to Portland and established the area’s first stone-cutting shop. He supplied hearthstones and mantlepieces to area homes, but his more lasting – and visible – impact can be found in the early cemeteries throughout southern Maine. He and the other carvers in his busy shop produced hundreds of slate and marble gravestones, a nice variety of which survive today in the South Buxton Cemetery and at least a half-dozen other nearby burial grounds. Join cemetery historian and author Ron Romano as he shows images of the artwork and symbolism of the early gravestones found in our towns’ cemeteries and shares the triumphs and tragedies of the region’s first resident stone-cutter. Ron will have copies of his books available for autographing and sale at this talk! BHHS, 100 Main St., Bar Mills, ME. *Suggested donations $10; Seniors $8.


TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 7 P.M.:Add Comfort, Cut Costs and Carbon, Build Community: the Benefits of WindowDressers Interior Storm Windows” with Miriam Rubin. Simple, attractive, and inexpensive interior storm windows reduce heat loss through those drafty old windows to make your home more cozy, save on your heating bill and reduce your carbon footprint. Nearly 100 homes in our area are already benefiting from the addition of these window inserts, built by local volunteers with support from a Maine non-profit organization, "The WindowDressers". Local insert-building workshops are happening throughout Maine. They are the marriage of an old-fashioned New England barn raising party and a pop-up factory where friends and neighbors come together for a common cause, a productive day, a great meal, and a lot of laughs. No special tools or skills are needed. WindowDressers provides all the equipment, materials and training. Learn how you can get inserts for your home and join in this important and uniquely satisfying endeavor. Miriam is a Buxton resident and experienced WindowDressers volunteer. BHHS, 100 Main St., Bar Mills, ME. *Suggested donations $10; Seniors $8.


SATURDAY, JULY 20, 9 A.M.:  STROLL THE BEAUTIFUL GOOGINS WOODS NATURE PRESERVE guided by John Mattor, President of the Hollis Conservation Commission, . We will gather at 104 Pleasant Hill Rd. in Hollis (in between house numbers 102 and 106). Following the walk, a BBQ lunch will be waiting for us in the Burt and Barbara Pease period barn overlooking the beautiful Saco River at 59 Depot St., Bar Mills. Hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages provided. Please bring something to share. R.S.V.P. would be helpful BBQ only 831-9356  *Donations always appreciated to support BHHS capital improvements.


Saturday, August 10:  BHHS will be participating in “Dorcas Fest—A Buxton Community Event on this day. Your historical society will be sponsoring an event, along with other local organizations. Included will be a Town sponsored parade and fireworks sponsored by the Narragansett Number One Foundation. Details of our activities to be announced in our summer newsletter. You will want to be there for the exciting offerings with something for everyone, so be sure to mark your calendar and reserve the day now!



SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 10 A.M.:  BHHS will participate in the Hollis Pirate Fest again this year with our sales and information table. Be sure to mark your calendar now for this exciting community event! More info to follow in our summer newsletter!


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 7 P.M.:  THE BARRELS OF HISTORY”- Meet with Matt Albrecht, owner & founder of River Drive Cooperage and Millwork, at this 600 Narragansett Trail, Buxton, ME business for an informative and entertaining tour & presentation. Working with companies from all over the world, both large and small and everything in between, River Drive Cooperage & Millwork buys, sells, reconditions, repairs, and recycles oak barrels. Discover the story behind wooden barrels and why they’re still in use relatively unchanged after thousands of years. Explore and sample, too, the distinct differences in flavor that each wood imparts to the products aged within! *Suggested donations $10; Seniors $8.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 7 P.M.:  THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD with Mark Allen Leslie, winner of six national magazine writing awards. Hundreds of Maine residents put their lives and fortunes in peril by connecting to the famous Underground Railroad that helped runaway slaves. From Kittery to Fort Fairfield, Mainers conspired to break the law-- the Fugitive Salve Act of 1850—forming a network of illegal “safe houses,” hiding slaves from slave hunters and scurrying them to Canada. If caught, these Underground Railroad “conductors” and “station managers” faced fines and jail. “Slavery was the one issue that has been able to tear America apart, and that included Mainers”, writes Leslie. In his novel, “True North: Tice’s Story”, a Publishers Weekly Featured Book, he weaves a tale of the dangers and differing perspectives of this time in history. Books will be available for sale and autographing following Leslie’s presentation. 100 Main St. (Rt. 4A), Bar Mills, ME *Suggested donations $10; Seniors $8.



Join our own BHHS Honorary Life Member and speaker of the evening, Robert (Butch) Yarumian III, of Maine Boundary Consultants of West Buxton, as he presents his soon to be published informative book co-authored by Ed Churchhill, former Maine State Museum Director, on the ownership of beaches in southern Maine—the title to be announced soon. His presentation will follow a scrumptious pot luck dinner enjoyed by BHHS members and friends, a short business meeting to elect BHHS officers for 2020. Butch will have copies of his book available for autographing and sale at this talk! Please let us know what you are bringing to contribute to the pot luck! 100 Main St. (Rt. 4A), Bar Mills, ME *Suggested donations $10; Seniors $8.


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 9 A.M.-1 P.M.:  BUXTON-HOLLIS HISTORICAL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE. Visit your Museum Store for unique 2019 holiday shopping gift ideas for that special someone, including a Bar Mills Memorial Bridge tree ornament! While you’re there, too, take a peek at our newest major exhibit, “From Moderation Village to Downtown West Buxton 1840’s to 1950’s” AND sample goodies and beverages in the Research Library to sustain your energy during your day’s shopping experience!  100 Main St., Bar Mills *Donations are always appreciated!



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

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