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Hampden Historical Society

Hampden Historical Society's Facts

The Hampden Historical Society was founded in 1970 and was incorporated that same year. For the early years of its existence the Society had to move around between temporary homes before it bough the Kinsley House in 1980.

The purpose of Hampden Historical Society shall be to bring together those people interested in history and especially in the history of Hampden and the surrounding area. Understanding the history of our community is basic to our democratic way of life, gives us a better understanding of our state and nation, and promotes a better appreciation of our American Heritage.

The Kinsley House is the Hampden Historical Society's main holding. The original portion of the house was built in 1794 by Rueben Newcomb and the front was added about 1800. The building served as a private residence up until 1900 when it became a wayside stop for travelers. It was also utilized temporarily as a birthing home. In 1980 the Hampden Historical Society purchased the building and in 1983 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Today it houses the Society's headquarters and archives.

Several other buildings can be found on the Historical Society's grounds, including Hannibal Hamlin's law office. The building was moved onto the site in 1987 when a shopping plaza was planned for the office's original location. A large barn and a blacksmith's shop are also situated on the Society's campus.

Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.