The Belfast Museum will open for the season Saturday, June 13. On display will be exhibits depicting Belfast’s maritime and industrial heritage; artwork by Percy Sanborn and Hartwell Woodcock; the 19th-century Poor’s Drug Store apothecary bench; and other highlights of Belfast history.

The museum celebrates 40 years of telling the story of Belfast this season with exhibits featuring special items from the collection, such as the last tax bill sent to the town from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1819, just prior to Maine becoming a state; and the wedding dress worn by Lena Durham when she married Frank Starrett in 1894. Also on exhibit is the 1864 Belfast Civil War Quilt, one of the museum’s true treasures. In the barn are an antique horse-drawn hearse, the old two-cell jail from City Hall and old Belfast business signs.

Belfast Museum, 10 Market St., is at the corner of Market and Church streets. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information about the museum and historical society programs, visit or call 338-9229.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or