Historic House (1839) complete with period furnishings and heirloom gardens nestled beside the Kennebec River where Benedict Arnold and his 1775 expedition to Quebec passed, Kennebec Diamonds were harvested and shipped to Boston and beyond, millions of cords of wood were driven to mills, and water power was harnessed to energize industry and early homesteads. The Philbrick Pottery was located at this site in 1809 where the first potters in the area manufactured useful pottery pieces for the home. The museum features several pieces of Redware from that original pottery.
Founded in 1937 by Louise Helen Coburn to house her historic documents, all of the collection has provenance with Skowhegan dating prior to 1937. Museum collections include Civil War memorabilia of native son Lt. Alexander Crawford, Jr., early glassware, textiles and home goods, tools, dolls, children's toys, Elise Fellows White materials, and the S. F. Conant’s Anidrosis Treatment cabinet. The Museum & Research Center serves as a repository for early documents (1772) of our first settlers and includes journals, ledgers, town and family records, genealogic materials, newspaper collection (40 titles), thousands of photographs, paper documents, and numerous leather-bound books passed down through local families.
Admission is by donation.
Open June – Mid-October, Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 – 4:00.