News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, December 1, 2022
Museum and historical society co-host free holiday open house

Abbott House

The Castine Historical Society is housed in the Abbott House, shown. Tours will be given of the nearby Grindle House during the holiday event.

Photo courtesy of Castine Historical Society

Join the Castine Historical Society and the Wilson Museum for a Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. This free event takes place at the historical society’s Grindle House at 13 School Street on the town common and the Hutchins Education Center at 112 Perkins Street on the museum campus.

Visitors can kick off the holiday season by going between these two institutions to enjoy light refreshments and outdoor fire pits. Visit both sites and be entered to win a fun gift basket filled with gift shop items from both institutions, a press release notes.

At the museum campus guests can make a trace fossil ornament inspired by natural objects in the museum’s collection. The historical society will be giving special behind-the-scenes tours of the 1850 Grindle House decorated for the holidays and sneak peek tours of collections storage. Also offered will be a unique holiday shopping experience for those wanting to kick-start their gift giving.

Visitors are encouraged to bring healthy nonperishable food items to either site for a donation to H.O.M.E., Inc. of Orland, an organization “serving first those who suffer most.”

COVID precautions based on the CDC’s Community Level for Hancock County are recommended. For more information, call the museum at 326-9247 or the historical society at 326-4118.