Redington Museum

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Redington House
Redington Museum is located in Maine
Redington Museum
Location 64 Silver St., Waterville, Maine
Coordinates 44°32′49″N 69°38′5″W / 44.54694°N 69.63472°W / 44.54694; -69.63472Coordinates: 44°32′49″N 69°38′5″W / 44.54694°N 69.63472°W / 44.54694; -69.63472
Built 1814
Architectural style Federal
NRHP reference # 78000180[1]
Added to NRHP July 21, 1978

The Redington Museum is a historic museum in Waterville, Maine that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is the headquarters of the Waterville Historical Society.

The museum is listed on the official website of the Maine Office of Tourism.[2]

Location[edit]

The museum is open between Memorial Day and Labor Day from Tuesday to Saturday. Visitors are supposed to enter during the tour times, which are at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. In practice, they may allow admission other times. Therefore, one should be prepared to visit as if they had an appointment for a specific time although the curators may allow other visitors to enter. There is an admission charge of $5 for adults 18 and older. Children 17 and younger are free when accompanied by an adult.

The museum is located at 62 Silver Street about 2 blocks south of downtown Waterville,[3] about one block south of the funeral home.

Exhibits[edit]

The museum is essentially a historic house that has period furniture and exhibits about the Waterville area as well as a replica pharmacy building near the site where the original building once stood. The curators are a couple who live on the premises.

The museum is a two story white shingled house built in 1814.[4] The exhibits include old furniture and curios from the 1800s. The museum opened in 1927. It is part of the National Register of Historic Places.

The Waterville Historical Society keeps its collection of books and manuscripts at the museum. There is a collection of rare old maps of the area available for scholarly research.

History[edit]

The Redington Museum offers a comprehensive view of life in New England and Waterville, Maine during the past two centuries. There are collections of furniture, accessories, household artifacts, toys, tools, and weapons as well as historical papers and diaries. The main building is designed in the Federal-style of architecture. The museum is maintained by the Waterville Historical Society.

The museum is housed in a two story home built in 1814 by pioneer Waterville settler Asa Redington, a veteran of three enlistments in the American Revolutionary War and a member of George Washington's elite Honor Guard. After the victory against the English, he developed the water rights at Ticonic Falls[5] and with his sons, Samuel and William, established a thriving flour mill on the banks of the Kennebec River. The father of six sons and three daughters, Asa built this substantial home for his son William. Fashioned of great hewn timbers, all hand pegged, it still features the original spiral staircase, fireplaces with period woodwork, and floors of wide pumpkin pine. The newel post in the entrance exhibits the "contractor's peace stone," a small smooth polished stone signifying in Colonial times that the project had been completed to both the owner's and builder's satisfaction. Today, five rooms are furnished with antiques of the late 18th and early 19th centuries from the Redington family, the family of pioneer attorney Timothy Boutelle, the family of revolutionary war veteran Jabez Mathews, and from other early local families.[6][7][8]

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