The Castine Historical Society is dedicated to collecting and preserving information and materials related to the history of the Castine-Bagaduce River area. In 1994 the Society demonstrated the commitment to its mission by purchasing and restoring the 1859 Abbott School on the Castine town common.
The fully restored building, itself a significant contribution to the community's history, is now the Society's permanent home and site of annual exhibits and events.
The Society's multi-media permanent exhibit is devoted to the ill-fated Penobscot Expedition, one of the worst naval defeats in American history, which took place in and around Castine during the summer of 1779. In terms of content and technology, it is the most comprehensive exhibit of the Revolutionary War disaster ever undertaken.
Free and open to the public July 1 through Labor Day. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm. Sunday 1-4pm and closed Monday. Visit our website at www.castinehistoricalsociety.org.