Belfast Museum reopens June 9 with First Church anniversary exhibit

Jun 01, 2018

Belfast — The Belfast Museum opens for the season on Saturday, June 9. The featured exhibit this summer is “First Church in Belfast – Celebrating 200 Years.”

It was on Feb. 2, 1818, that the congregation voted to build a meeting house in town. A design based on a church in Augusta was chosen and construction began with the laying of the cornerstone in June. The frame of the building was raised on June 13, and in five months and two days, although still unfinished, the church was ready for use. The church was dedicated Nov. 15, 1818.

The museum is also featuring a drum major band uniform worn by Tom Fitzgerald during the 1939 Memorial Day parade and a display of Victorian children’s clothing.

Other exhibits include maritime history, Capt. Albert W. Stevens, Perry’s Nut House, the William O. Poor apothecary bench and the 1864 Civil War flag quilt. In the barn are the old two-cell jail from City Hall, a horse-drawn funeral carriage, and old Belfast business signs.

The museum is located at 10 Market St., corner of Market and Church streets. Summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Sept. 1 through Oct. 6, the museum will be open Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is free. For more information about the museum and historical society programs, visit belfastmuseum.org or call 338-9229.

The Belfast Historical Society presents monthly programs at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., April through October. Programs are free and open to the public. Check the website for the full schedule.

 

 

 

 

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