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 Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guidestar!

Our Mission Statement

We collect, preserve and share the Bristol region’s rich history and prehistory for present and future generations.

Meet our current Staff & Board of Directors

Hours (May 25-October 12, 2024)

Thursday 10 am-1 pm

Friday      10 am-1 pm

Saturday  10 am-1 pm


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)