About Our Society

Founded in 2003, the Old Bristol Historical Society (OBHS), located in Bristol, Maine, is a charitable and educational nonprofit corporation serving the public. In addition to collecting, preserving, and sharing objects and archival materials relevant to Bristol’s history, the OBHS also hosts a summer lecture series, organizes history tours for our schoolchildren, and publishes a semi-annual newsletter. In 2020, the society established the Bristol History Center at 2089 Bristol Road, which includes the historic Mill at Pemaquid Falls. The OBHS is currently in the process of raising funds to restore the mill, create exhibit spaces, and establish a research center and office headquarters in the former retail space located on the property.

The OBHS is proud to have a Gold Candid Seal of Transparency from Guidestar!   

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Old Bristol Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the artifacts and the oral, documentary, personal and physical histories of the communities formerly comprising the old township of Bristol, Maine, USA.

The history of the old township remains alive in the memories of its older citizens, in official and family documents, in artifacts, and in buildings and other monuments still standing on the landscape. The goal of the Society is to keep this history alive by recording these memories, researching and interpreting these documents, collecting these artifacts, and by visiting, exploring and photographing these buildings and other landmarks before they are lost.

By involving local people and institutions in its work, the Society aims to foster an even greater sense of pride and community in our collective past and future.

Meet our current Board of Directors


The Bristol History Center is located at 2089 Bristol Road, Pemaquid, Maine and serves as the home of the Old Bristol Historical Society. From Damariscotta, travel south on Rt. 130 for approximately 10 miles. The Bristol History Center, which includes the Mill at Pemaquid Falls, will be on your right. (Please note that our mailing address is: P.O. Box 87, Bristol, ME 04539)