When the first cars of the Bangor & Piscataquis Canal and Railroad Company ran from Bangor to Old Town in November of 1836, history was made and Maine had its first operating railroad. On Monday, April 13th at 7:00 pm at the Old Town Library, Betsy Paradis of the Old Town Museum, will share the history of this railroad and other early Old Town roads, which later became known as the Veazie Railroad. The photograph shows the “Pioneer”, the first locomotive on this early railroad.
This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Old Town Museum and the Old Town Library. This is the first of a series of programs that is intended to help Old Town and the surrounding area citizens learn about the important history of the area
Included in the Museum are displays about the city’s industries, including its shoe, canoe and textile industries.
The Old Town Museum is now closed Season with the exception of special events which will be announced through this website and local newspapers. We will be reopening in late May for the 2015 Season
The Museum Board wishes to thank all that volunteered their time to make it possible for the Museum to be open according to the published schedule as well as those that contributed to the various exhibits, either with items for display or their time to mount the displays.
Old Town has many things in its history in which to be proud. Many of these items or activities have been forgotten with the passage of time. The Old Town Museum intends to provide not only reminders of our history but an opportunity view our history in a different light.
June 6, 2012 Grade 3 Visits Museum
On June 6th approximately 44 students along with 2 Teachers and a few parents spent some time at the Old Town Museum learning about some of the early history of the community in which they attend school.
June 6, 2012 - OT 3rd Grade Class
After an introductory orientation, the students were divided into 2 group with a Museum Board Member serving as Guide, explaining the various exhibits and how they relate to the past history of the Old Town Area.
On June 8th, 2 more OT Grade 3 Classes visited the Museum. These student got an opportunity to see how people lived and worked before there were computers, cell phones or even before homes had electric lights or running water.
June 8, 2012 OT 3rd Grade Class
June 8, 2012 OT 3rd Graders
Watch this space for announcements of new or expanded exhibits for 2015