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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. With the move of the collections to the lower level of Old Town House these materials will soon be more readily available to the public. This exciting development should be complete by late spring, 2024. Please contact us for more information!

Old Town House
475 Walnut Hill Road (Route 115)
North Yarmouth, Maine 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.