Biddeford Meetinghouse

Our Mission

The Biddeford Historical Society preserves, interprets, and promotes Biddeford, Maine’s rich history and its connections to the wider world.

We maintain archives, objects, and sites; host educational programs; and steward the community’s 1759 Meetinghouse in order to deepen the public’s understanding of and engagement with history.

History in its simplest sense is the study and narration of change through time. We seek to capture and tell these stories and to engage the community in this dialogue, so they can be connected to the vibrant past that makes Biddeford what it is today.

The Biddeford Historical Society (BHS) is a window into Biddeford’s rich and vibrant history dating back to the early 1600s. Through concerts, lectures and reenactments, the Society shows the community the treasures that are still with us today from the oldest meetinghouse in Maine to early maps and Indian trading posts.

The Society draws its wealth of information from thousands of sources such as early diaries, church records, maps, legal records, vital statistics and letters.

Located in the historic meetinghouse on Meetinghouse Road, the Biddeford Historical Society is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization devoted to educating and co-exploring the rich and diverse history of the town.

Constructed in 1759, the Biddeford Meetinghouse contains original pews, seating and original ottomans.

In July of 1776, the town congregated in the meetinghouse to read the Declaration of Independence and begin the course of America’s independence we enjoy to this day.

Be sure to check out our Events. We look forward to having you join us for these unique gatherings.

View a video created by one of our Board Members:
Click to view video: Pepperell Mills, the Melting Pot

Arthur Mattson: Water and Ice book

Join us at the First Parish Meetinghouse!

Arthur Mattson: Water and Ice

Join us on Wednesday, May 14th at the First Parish Meetinghouse c. 1759, for a presentation by Arthur Mattson on Water and Ice - The Tragic Wrecks of the Bristol and the Mexico on the South Shore of Long Island, the story of two 1830s shipwrecks, the Bristol and the Mexico.

The three-masted barque Mexico had been returning to New York City from a voyage to Europe when a winter storm drove it onto a sandbar just 200 yards off the south shore of Long Island.

Over 100 passengers and crew froze to death. Noah Jordan, the first mate from Biddeford Maine, was one of the victims.

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These cotton canvas bags are made in Maine.

Support the First Parish Meetinghouse with a donation of $15.00
and receive one of these versatile, sturdy bags.

Available during Meetinghouse Events or
by appointment (send an email).
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Support us (and your belongings) with this canvas tote
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It is simple to become a member or to renew. Choose the level of membership that meets your needs, and gain access to our amazing events and collections.

If you aren't interested in becoming a member, we welcome donations as well.

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Downtown Parade in Biddeford

"While this video has some family significance, I thought I'd share this with the community since there's not much out there like this. My grandfather, Paul Delorge Senior, was a police Captain in this parade. Further, my great grandfather Edward Delorge owned and operated the Sunbeam Bakery in town, run under the name Ed Delorge's Baking Co."

- Doug Delorge

Video conversion by Video Creations, Kennebunk, Maine

A Step Back in Time

Biddeford Remembers. Video includes Biddeford's Song, A Proud City Rising Where the Water Falls.

BIDDEFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY


HISTORY
History

It was Ferdinando Gorges’ grandfather’s passion for the wilds of New England that fueled his grandson Ferdinando’s determination to visit and settle this unknown world...

TELL YOUR STORY
Tell Your Story

Valuable stories of Biddeford are disappearing every day. We would like to capture first accounts of mill stories, of veterans and others who can provide invaluable insights of our rich history.

MEETINGHOUSE
Meetinghouse

The Biddeford First Parish Meetinghouse was constructed in 1759 and remodeled into a Greek revival-style chapel in 1840. The Meetinghouse is an interesting piece of our history.

MEMBERSHIPS
Memberships

It is simple to become a member or to renew. If you aren't interested in becoming a member, we welcome donations as well.

MEETINGHOUSE VENUE
Meetinghouse Venue

The Biddeford Historical Society offers its 1759 Meetinghouse as an historic, nondenominational venue for weddings and events from May through October.

GALLERY
Gallery

Our Gallery is made up of historic photos of people and places within Biddeford, Maine. It includes the mills and other city locations, school houses, the old Webber Hospital, farmland and ocean front.

EVENTS
Events

Join us at our upcoming events!

BLOG
Blog

Interesting articles pertaining to Biddeford, Maine.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Membership

Learn who we have on the Board of Directors.

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