Limerick Historical Society

P.O. Box 83   Limerick,  Maine 04048

Our Mission

The Limerick Historical Society, Inc., is organized for educational purposes; to collect information and artifacts relating to the history of Limerick, Maine and surrounding areas, and to provide guidance to the town regarding the preservation and restoration of its historic buildings.

The Cotton/Bean Building

About Us

The Limerick, Maine historical society was founded in 1981 and reorganized as a non-profit corporation in 1998. Its collections are kept in the town-owned Moore Building; the law office of Luther Moore during the late 1800’s, and the society-owned Limerick Academy which served as a school from 1881 to 1925. Both are on Main Street.

An annual open house is held at the Limerick Academy, often featuring special exhibits. This building is undergoing restoration, and is an important focus of the society’s activities.

The Moore building contains information on area cemeteries, genealogical materials, and other records of town history. The two buildings are open by chance or by special appointment. Stop in when you see the flag! 

Campbell building

Our Collection

A generalized listing of items in the Society’s collection is yet to be compiled. The Society does not offer regular hours; the buildings are open when the flag is out, or by appointment. The Limerick Public Library keeps some items that can be accessed when the library is open.

Available at the Limerick Public Library
Here are some highlights of the information available at the library. For contact info and hours go to: To search the catalog online, go to the library site and enter Limerick in the search field.

Annual Report of the Town Officers of the Town of Limerick, 1909, 1910, 1929, 1937, 1938, 1948, and to the present. This collection is incomplete.

The Sokokis, high school yearbook, from 1936 to 1969, incomplete collection.

The Fire of 1947, a video on VHS.

An uncatalogued item, Souvenir of Limerick, Maine 1912, published by The Maine Map & Register Co., Brunswick, Maine gives some history with maps, of Limerick up to 1912.

Cemetery Listings: Many small cemeteries are documented and this listing is available at the library. An Eagle Scout has undertaken a comprehensive search throughout Limerick to seek out a more complete list of cemeteries, some of which were not previously listed. The finished document, accompanied by a map, was placed into the hands of the American Legion, with the original lost to a computer crash. The Legion has retained what may be the only copy of this work: White-Tibbetts Post 55, P.O. Box 67 Limerick ME.

Almuchicoitt: Land of the Little Dog, by William Teg, published in 1950. An interesting book of early lore that includes Limerick. (The word, “Almuchicoitt” is Penobscot) Not available for check out.

Vital Records of Limerick, Maine: “Reproduced by Ancient Landmarks Society of Parsonsfield 1988” This manuscript is said to have been “rescued from the town dump after 100 years,” and includes records dating back to 1779.

1790 Census of Maine. Entries for Limerick are listed under York county.

Links of Interest

We are providing these links for your interest, and for research purposes.

National Register of Historic Places, FAQs:

Nomination papers for Limerick to become an historical district:

Search for the following topics in Wikipedia:
National Register of Historic Places Listings in York County, Maine
Limerick Upper Village Historic District

Maine Historical Societies:

Organizations Active in Limerick
The Research Club:
on facebook as: GFWC Research Club of Limerick

Limerick-Newfield Lions Club:

Masonic Lodge: 
on facebook as: Freedom #42 Masonic Lodge Limerick Maine

American Legion
White-Tibbetts Post 55, P.O. Box 67 Limerick ME

Get Involved!

The society is all-volunteer: volunteers are needed and welcome. Please consider joining a committee, or help with one or more of our events.
And, be sure to visit our table at elections, attend our events, and renew your membership.

2018 Events

All events are free of charge and open to the public. 

Thursday, April 26, 7pm
Train Talk
Presented by Bill Catanseye. The history of how repair cars kept rail travel a viable means of transportation in a growing country. Bill brings an actual ROW (repair of way) car with him! Light refreshments. Limerick Brick Town House.

Thursday, May 17, 7pm
75th Anniversary: Tibbetts Memorial Park
Presented by Vickie Carroll & Denise Benton of the Veterans Memorial Committee. History of the Tibbetts Park site and current information about Herman Tibbetts. Hear about the process of creating the new Veterans Memorial Park, as well as plans for the upcoming Memorial Day Ceremony on May 28.
Light refreshments. Limerick Brick Town House.

Saturday, May 26, 2pm
Annual Penny Auction
Our 17th Annual Penny Auction & Silent Auction, a night of family fun and laughter! Doors open at 2 pm. Children's, and toddler sections, and zillions of new items for everyone. Place your tickets and bids until drawings begin at 6pm. You or your representative must be present to win. Water, soda, sandwiches and snacks available for sale. Limerick Brick Town House.

Thursday, June 21, 7pm
History of the Limerick Fire Department
At the Limerick Fire House, 24 School Street.
Presented by Del Floyd. History of the Limerick Volunteer Fire Department since Nov. 7, 1928. Hear about some of the monumental fires that shaped Main Street, Limerick. The current Fire Station was built in 1967 by dedicated volunteers, many of whom still live here. Light refreshments.

Saturday, July 21, 9am to 2pm
Open House at the Academy
At the Limerick Academy Building on Locust Hill Rd.
You are cordially invited to visit the Limerick Academy Open House. See a gallery of photos of the Limerick Historical District that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Those who joined us last year will find MORE buildings on display this year.
Walking Tour: 10:30 am.
Join the group to walk up Main Street, Limerick, hear and read information about each historical building.
Tour begins 10:30 am at the Academy Building and ends at the Limerick Congregational Church. See the original interior of this church with its stained glass windows. The walk ends downstairs in the vestry where a light lunch will be available for sale.

Thursday, August 16, 7pm
Limerick Graves and Grave Stones
Presented by Ed Dolbec, Gerald Provencher, Mike Ward, Ray Bishop; and Angela Tibbetts of the Maine Old Cemetery Association. Do you know where the outlying cemeteries are in Limerick? Volunteers explored many locations for veterans' graves to properly mark and care for them. Demonstration of how to clean grave stones to prevent damage. Light refreshments. Limerick Brick Town House.

Saturday, September 15, 2pm
Baptist Society Church Cemetery Walk
At the Limerick Baptist Society Church on Main Street.
Learn the history of the "old church on the hill" and hear what is being done to fix the building and repair the belfry. Use our cemetery walking map to locate plots and markers to read about some of the most
fascinating residents buried beside the church.
Light refreshments in the foyer.
Weather date: Saturday, September 22, 2 pm.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7pm
Fire & Ice: Fires, and Ice Storm of 1998
Presented by Shirley Keller. St. Matthews Church Fire, 
Dec. 1989, Main Street Sales Fire, 1991, Limerick Mill Fire, June 1994, and Ice Storm of Jan. 1998. If you have photos to share, please contact Limerick Historical Society prior to program date.
Light refreshments. Limerick Brick Town House. 

Sunday, November 11, 5-7 pm
Potluck Supper & Annual Meeting
At the Limerick Municipal Building at 55 Washington St. Bring a dish to share. Annual reports, election of officers and directors, discussions. The evening closes with a play reading selected from "The Limerick Slice of Life Series" written by our own Eleanor Watson.

The bank  building on Main Street

Contact Information
Limerick Historical Society   P.O. Box 83   Limerick Maine 04048
info.limerick.hs@   207-793-2227
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