Welcome to the home page of the
Pittsfield · Somerset County
Maine · U.S.A.
"Retrospection is profitable. A study of the past
may lead to improvements in the
—'Juniper' in Pittsfield's
The Advertiser, December 30, 1886.
- Save the Depot!
- The Pittsfield Historical Society and the Town of Pittsfield are in need of your help to save our Historic Depot. The Depot is sorely in need of major repairs and renovation, while maintaining its historic character. Checks can be sent to Town of Pittsfield, c/o Save Our Historic Depot Campaign, 112 Somerset Ave., Pittsfield ME 04967. Please click on the letter at the right to learn more.
- PHS & its Members
- The Pittsfield Historical Society was formed in
1983 in a community effort to preserve and protect some
of the town's most valuable assets: its history and
artifacts. Pittsfield's past is rich in the history of a
mill town, beginning in its earliest days as a wilderness
hunting expedition site, to the first mills erected on
the Sebasticook River that winds its way through the
- Members of PHS are local people with a common
- Some members offer a significant and substantial
offering to our history; others quietly affect the
background musings. We listen to others' impossible
dreams, (and create a few of our own), lend a hand with
repairs, unravel mysteries, research genealogy, catalog
artifacts and pictures, and unobtrusively capture the
essence of a part of our New England heritage. Whatever
your capability, your interest is the key.
- Help us write the history of Pittsfield!
- This site is constantly growing. In these pages you will find several locations
listed with little or no history given. If you know even parts of the history
of these locations, please share with us what you know so we can better fill
in the history of Pittsfield. Also see the History of Your Place page.
- Join the Society
- Hoping to preserve the
way we were, PHS collects bits and
pieces of Pittsfield history largely through donated
artifacts, photographs, newspapers, family scrapbooks and
diaries. By looking at and preserving the way it was, we
aspire to keep the spirit of many alive. The local
community is wealthy in history scarcely uncovered of a
small frontier town, to bustling mill town to the safe,
clean New England town we know today.
- Members of PHS invite you to join us in piecing together the alluring portrait
of Pittsfield, Maine, USA. Call one of the contacts listed below or join us
as we meet at the Depot House Museum on Central Street.
The public is always welcome to join us. Watch the Rolling Thunder Express
community paper for our notice!
- Would you like to get occasional email notices from the PHS?
- From time to time the society will be sending email notices to anyone interested in
Pittsfield Historical Society events. If you would like to be recieve these notices click
here to write an email to send us your email address. We won't share your address with anyone else.
- Museum Hours:
April to October: The Depot House Museum will be open every Tuesday and Saturday, from 10am to 1pm., or by appointment.
November - March:
The Depot House Museum will be open by appointment. Contact Tom Brown (487-4926).
If you would like to visit the Museum during other hours, call or email Tom Brown (487-4926)
Meetings of the Pittsfield Historical Society:
January through October meetings will be at 7 pm on the third Thursday of each month at the Museum.
- Please visit soon!
- Click here to learn more about the Pittsfield
Pittsfield Historical Society www.pittsfieldhistoricalsociety.org
Location: Pittsfield Historical Society, 114 Central Street, Pittsfield
Phone: (207) 487-4926 (Tom Brown)
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 181, Pittsfield, Maine 04967
GPS: LAT 44.782; LONG: -69.383
Breanna Norris, President & Curator email@example.com
Jim Lanzikos, Vice President, JLanzikos@gmail.com
Alvah Wyman, Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Roberts, Webweaver email@example.com
A note about requesting geneological information:
There are no trained or experienced genealogists in the society, so callers should not expect too much. Most of what we do have can be found by searching this web site.
The minimum information needed for us to do anything useful:
1) Full name of the person being researched, including maiden name for a married woman;
2) Dates—birth date, marriage date, and death date if known; or at least a general period such as “1850s” or “early 1900s;”
3) Connection to Pittsfield such as: worked here, owned a farm or business here, attended school here, or was married in a church here, or was buried here but lived somewhere else;
4) Provide requester's name and an e-mail address or, if telephone only, when is the best time to call.
Notes about using this website.
- Many of the images may be clicked on to view a larger version.
- Photo - High quality image scanned from an actual photograph; or an original digital photograph.
- Postcard - Slightly lower quality image than a photograph, as postcards were printed copies of photographs, sometimes colorized.
- Newspaper Photo - Grainy, lower quality picture visibly made up of dots, scanned from the Historical Society's newspaper collection.
- A few of the files on this website are in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF). In order to view those PDF files, you will need to have a PDF
reader program (may already be on your computer) such as APDF,
Adobe Reader. They are all free.
- The Society is always looking for old photographs of Pittsfield, which we will either place in the Museum or scan and return to the owner.
- Many street names mentioned throughout Pittsfield's history were eliminated during the Emergency 9-1-1 street name reorganization that took effect in
2007. Details can be found here.
- To find a word on any page, type Ctrl-F in your browser, then type the word you want to find.
- Links that will send you to another website are marked with a .
Pictured above in Historical Society photo taken outside the Depot Museum, September 2004:
(L-R) Treasurer Melissa Flewelling, Eric Flewelling, Historian Don Hallenbeck, President Jim
Lanzikos, Webweaver Tom Roberts, Clum Spencer, Secretary Tom Brown, and Curator Kathy Palmer.
Photo by Thomas Hopkins Photography.
CREDITS: We thank these folks for this website…
PHOTOGRAPHS: Brenda Seekins (various photos), Wendy Sewell (various photos), Thomas Hopkins, Ermine Trecartin (1972 Tour of Pittsfield photos), Bud
Homstead (photos), Kathie Belanger (gravestone photos), Pam Mitchell (postcards, etc).
SCANNING PHOTOS & DOCUMENTS: Kathy Palmer, Pam Mitchell, and Tom Brown.
SPECIAL THANKS to
Tom Brown for:
- scanning The Woolen Mills of Pittsfield and creation of it's Index;
- scans of A. J. Loder's Souvenir of Pittsfield ME 1907 and creation of it's Table of Contents;
- text and photo scanning of Sanger Cook's Pittsfield on the Sebasticook, creation of it's first Index, and expanding the Table of Contents;
- scanning and converting to text several newspaper articles posted here.
- scanning photographs in the Society's collection.
Kathy Palmer for:
- scanning photographs from the Society's collection
- creating the cemetery listings;
- getting the website started.
Russ Cox for:
- designing our new PHS logo.
- designing the “Birds Eye View of Pittsfield” poster as a fundraiser.
Thomas Hopkins for photos for the 2005 Calendar and of the PHS members in front of Depot Museum.
Don Hallenbeck for compilation of Pittsfield's Important Dates, and general historical information.
Tom Roberts for taking gravestone photos, and the editing and maintenance of this website.