Mission and Vision

The mission of the Camden-Rockport Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and display historical artifacts, photographs, and documents pertaining to the Camden-Rockport area.

The six-building campus of the Camden-Rockport Historical Society provides an opportunity for visitors to walk through the 18th and 19th century buildings and to become familiar with everyday life of a Maine farm family.  The homestead is a 1780s dwelling built by Simeon Tyler, a Revolutionary War veteran and one of the earliest settlers in the Rockport area.  It was subsequently modified by the Thorndike and Conway families, and the home has been maintained as an example of early 18th
and 19th century life in midcoast Maine. Local history is interpreted and presented through tours of the fully restored and authentically historic complex.

Throughout the year, a number of events exploring and discovering the historical heritage of the area are presented for people of all ages.  These programs, lectures, and activities are open to the public.  Collaborative efforts with other historical groups, schools, neighboring communities, retirement homes, and other agencies are components of the Society’s outreach program.

The Historical Society provides the professional expertise of a trained archivist and librarian, along with dedicated volunteers, to properly house original documents, photographs, and artifacts in archival storage to care for the history of our shared community.   These intangible benefits contribute to the sustainability and long-term accessibility to the town’s historical collections.