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Mussel Ridge Historical Society - Owl's Head
Phone: 207-594-9263
Hours: Wednesdays 2-4 p.m. July & August
Email: musselridge@earthlink.net

Mussel Ridge Historical Society

The Mussel Ridge Historical Society in Owl’s Head began meeting in 1960. Its major project has been the protection and restoration of the Old Homestead, which is at 453 Ash Point Dr. You are cordially invited to visit our work in progress from 2 to 4 PM on Wednesdays in July through September.

The Homestead is the site of the Society’s annual pot luck community picnic, which this year will be held on July 24th from 12 to 3 pm. The picnic is free and open to everyone. The Society will provide hot dogs, coffee, lemonade, Ice cream, craft demonstrations and games for the young and young at heart.  Attendees are asked to bring a salad, appetizer or casserole to share.  This year, the fiddlers will return to entertain everyone with their lively music.

A new major project is to protect/restore the two remaining buildings in town that once served as one-room schoolhouses.  The former Village School is across from the fire station and the former Head of the Bay School is at the corner of Ash Point and North Shore Drives. The latter is more commonly known as the Grange Hall.

The MRHS meets the second Wednesday of the month, usually at the Owl's Head Community Building at 7pm.  Visitors are always welcome.

Brief History of Owl’s Head

Many believe Owl’s Head derived its name from sailors who in 1759 observed the tall headland in the lighthouse area, thinking that it looked like the neck and head of an owl. Others feel the name is of Indian origin expressed in their language by the word, "Mecadacut", meaning "Owl's Head".

Owl's Head was originally part of Thomaston and separated from South Thomaston in 1921. The first town meeting was held at the Village School across from the present fire station. There was always a great amount of sociability in Owl's Head, with dances, parties and other activities. Often stores were jointly operated with the post offices at Owl's Head Village and Ash Point, creating daily social activity as well as the passing along of information.

The beautiful lighthouse and beach areas drew tourists who usually arrived in Rockland by train or the Boston boat, often staying at Owl’s Head’s several inns and boarding houses. Cottages were built along the beautiful beach at Ash Point, Crescent Beach, Hendrickson's Point, Ginn Point, Holiday Beach and the Owl's Head harbor area where the Owl's Head Inn was located. The old Inn has been a private residence since the late 30’s.

Mussel Ridge Historical Society (MRHS) Preserving the History of Owl¹s Head & the Mussel Ridge Islands

PO Box 133, Owl¹s Head, ME 04854          musselridge@earthlink.net
Kay Dodge Chair   596-6879
Bonnie Post, Chair of School House Restoration Comm 594-9263
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Hugh and Naomi Munroe

The Mussel Ridge Historical Society is working with the Owl’s Head Cemetery Committee to Identify veterans who are buried in Owl’s Head. Do you have any information about Hugh or Naomi Munroe? What makes this quest challenging is the various possible spellings of Hugh’s last name. At various ...
Craft and Food Fair Saturday, November 23rd.

The Mussel Ridge Historical Society will hold its Annual Craft and Food Fair, Saturday November 23rd from 9 am to 2 pm. The event will once again be held at the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum at 117 Museum off Rt. 73 in Owl’s Head. This is the 5th year the MRHS will hold this event which will ...
Can you help us find the grave of this Revolutionary ...

The MRHS is working with the Owl’s Head Cemetery Committee to identify the veteran’s graves in the town. We will be asking the community through this website and other means to help us out in our search from time to time. We have not been able to locate the grave of Nathan Pillsbury (or Pilsbury)...
Today at the Old Homestead you can see the fireplace ...

In earlier years, many homes had central fireplaces with outlets in more than one room. Such was the case at the Old Homestead in Owl's Head. The fireplace in the kitchen was restored and the mantle is still present in the parlor. We aren't able to let visitors into the basement but this picture ...
Today you can see the fireplace this base supports at ...

In earlier years, many homes had central fireplaces with outlets in more than one room. Such was the case at the Old Homestead in Owl's Head. The fireplace in the kitchen was restored and the mantle is still present in the parlor. We aren't able to let visitors into the basement but this picture ...