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North Yarmouth Historical’s Archives—its records and objects—date from 1680 and include early documents from seven present-day towns.* Maps, papers, objects, journals, diaries, and photos are used by researchers for school projects, house and land documentation, genealogical and local history study. At the moment it is not safe for us to open the Archives to the public, but once we are able we will resume our normal monthly hours. Our apologies … and please contact us for more information!

North Yarmouth Fire Station
463 Walnut Hill Rd. (Route 115)
North Yarmouth, ME 04097

A page from the original Proprietors Record Book.

When searching for resources about early North Yarmouth history, be aware that North Yarmouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony, was composed of seven present-day towns. This North Yarmouth proprietary, called Ancient North Yarmouth to distinguish it from present-day North Yarmouth, encompassed a large geographic area and was chartered in 1681.

* One by one, remote settlements of Ancient North Yarmouth petitioned to be set off and incorporated as separate towns:

  • Mere Point (1739)
  • Small Point (1741)
  • Harpswell (1758)
  • Freeport (1789)
  • Pownal (1808)
  • Cumberland (1821)
  • Yarmouth (1849)

Thus, early records for each of these towns will be found in more than one location. For example, official records for Freeport from its first settlement included its separation in 1789 will be included with the Town of North Yarmouth records.

Contact us for any questions about the above. We can help point you to possible more source material.