All events are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted).
As Maine's oldest incorporated town, Kittery has a rich and vivid past, just waiting for you to explore. Delve into the fascinating story of the Pepperrells and their magnificent fortune from a lucrative mercantile business... only to be lost when they remained Loyalist at the time of the Revolution.
Re-live the golden days of Kittery Point and the Isles of Shoals, when the "Grand Hotels" were a favorite vacation destination of the wealthy and artistic. Join noted poet Celia Thaxter at her cottage on Appledore Island, as she tended her beloved island garden.
Learn about the early establishment of a shipbuilding industry that flourished, and how these beginnings evolved into America's first Federal shipyard. Pause and smell the refreshing salt air, as you explore the many picturesque spots around town, along with more recent additions to Kittery's landscape.
The Kittery Historical & Naval Museum is proud to announce the television premiere of "A History of Kittery" in partnership with Kittery's Channel 22. You can watch the program on television... or livestream it on the town website.
The DVD of this program is also on sale at the Museum. To obtain your copy, just stop by the Museum or call us (207-439-3080).
This is a good time to renew your membership and become a volunteer at the Museum.
What we do is easy, the museum is fascinating, and the commitment is minimal.
Want to know more? Let's talk at the Volunteer Expo. Stop by to check us out!
The history of Prison at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard holds a special fascination for so many people. From guards to inmates, civilian or servicemen, they all have a story to tell about this institution.
Neil Novello has many stories to tell about what happened inside the walls of The Castle. He produced a video anthology on the history of the Portsmouth Naval Prison, which has been empty since 1974, sitting beside the Piscataqua River in Kittery, Maine.
Mr. Novello is currently lecturing and working on videos about the
history of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. For more information about his
We seek to create greater awareness of the history of Kittery, its role in American history, and our cultural and maritime heritage. We welcome suggestions for events that are consistent with our mission. Thanks for participating in the Museum!