Newsletter of The Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit
Preserving Treasures of the Past as an Investment for the Future 

The Historical Society is located at 938 Post Road in Wells.  Parking is available in our circular driveway.
Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Letter from the Chair

Hello Everyone!

Julia Einstein accepted a position to serve as Looking to Learn Educator at a new museum in Boston--The Museum of Art at Massachusetts School of Art.  We wish her the best in moving her career to a higher level.  Heidi Soper, a formal member of the Board of Directors, has taken over as our interim Administrator until our Committee finds a replacement. She has done a wonderful job during these unprecedented times. 

The Society is closed at this time but if someone would like to do research they may schedule a time to come in on the days we are usually open starting the week of April 6th.  We apologize, however, because of ongoing Coronavirus precautions we need to limit the number of people in our facility for the safety of visitors and our staff.  The Society is busy in planning our activities throughout the summer in hopes this crisis will be over.

Please contact me about becoming a sponsor for our Woodies in the Cove, joining our board or volunteering here at the Historical Society.

In closing please stay safe and stop by when you get a chance in April to see our new gallery and displays.  If you have any suggestions or concerns please email me at  


Irene J. Crocker


Board of Directors & Staff

Happy Spring Everyone!   Please contact us at  if you are interested in joining our board or volunteering here at the Historical Society.

HSWO Celebrates Maine's 200th

Women Who Made a Difference
W.J. Farr 

Guess Who?

George Getchell, Wells, 1880
Courtesy of Maine Historical Society


George Getchell of Wells, a Republican who worked as a trader and auctioneer held the offices of Town Clerk, Treasurer, Postmaster and Trial Justice in Wells before being elected to the Maine State Legislature.  

Action! History!  Maine 200

On Tuesday, March 10th the Meeting House had the pleasure of welcoming students from the Wells STRETCH Elementary School program.  These students toured the meeting house and discussed which items that school children from 200 years ago would have put into a time capsule of that period.  Now they will begin, along with other students of Wells Elementary, to explore ideas and collect items that will go into a capsule that will be eventually buried at Founders Park in Wells as part of the Project Maine 200 Bicentennial Celebration.

The Wells High School Media Team in collaboration with the Historical Society of Wells-Ogunquit, the Wells Public Library, and the Town of Wells will be creating a live-action video time capsule of our town in recognition and celebration of Maine’s 200th year of statehood and Wells’ 366th year of incorporation.  The residents of Wells will bring back through the videos founding families and town historians to a time when Wells was a community centered on our harbor, grist mills and farmlands.  Student videographers will take the journey with them and then produce a 30-35 minute video of which a copy will be archived at the Historic Society of Wells & Ogunquit.

“Sail Ho”
Raise the sails and let the wind blow
You're on your way! To Key Largo!

If you have something you wish to mention
Shout “Ahoy!” That'll get their attention!

“Come About”
If sailing into the wind and it gets rough
Turn around! Turn back! You've had enough!

If the question you ask requires a “yes”
“Aye” is a nautical affirmation! No less!

If the helmsman senses danger ahead
He'll yell “Avast!” Stopping the ship dead!

The ocean used to be rampant with “Piracy”
A pirate's joy! Robbery on the high seas!

“Davy Jones's Locker”
When ships are destroyed by a tidal wave
They sink below! To a watery grave!

 By Richard “W” Perkins
( The “W” is for “Wind” in the sails)


Over many years, members of the Historical Society have enjoyed, and continue to look forward to, Richard Perkins’ contributions to their quarterly newsletter. Voted “Ogunquit Most Outstanding Citizen” in 2016, he has written over 600 “odes” on a variety of subjects, as well as a culinary column in regional publications, and short stories in books in books and magazines.  

Test Your Knowledge of Ogunquit

1.  Ogunquit means __________________ in the indigenous Abenaki language, 

2.  It was first a village within _______ which was settled in 1641. 

3.  The first _______ was established in 1686, and __________ developed along the tidal Ogunquit River

4.  At what was then called _________ near the Josias River, fishing was a major livelihood

5.  But the cove was unprotected by a ___________ from Atlantic storms, so fishermen had to protect their boats by hauling them ashore each night. 

6.  A channel was dug across land they purchased to connect Fish Cove with the Josias River. The resulting tidewater basin is called ____________.

7. This cove has a manually operated draw __________. 

8.  It became a popular art and tourist area - particularly after 1898, when the _______________was established, it was not unusual to see both artists and fishermen working around Perkins Cove. 

9. ________________, a scenic trail, runs along the coast from Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach

10.   Part of Stephen King's ________________ published in 1978, is set in Ogunquit.

9th Annual Woodies In the Cove

The 9th Annual “Woodies in the Cove” Car Showsponsored by the Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit, will be held in Wells, Maine on August 8, 2020. The show is expected to bring cars from all over the country again this year. Trophies will be awarded by Peoples Choice for the most popular Woodies attending.

The event will be held next to McDonalds on Route 1 in Wells, Maine, at  974 Post Rd. The event starts at 8:30am and runs until 2:00pm.  A parade will follow from the venue through Ogunquit and into Perkins Cove between 2:00pm and 3:00pm.  The show brings together Woodies from the model "A"s of the 20's to the tin Woodies of the 50's.  Interest in these unique vehicles has made this show the largest attended and most popular car show of its type in New England and the East Coast.  Be sure to visit us at the website and the “Woodies in the Cove” Facebook page, to stay on top of the latest information.  Woodie gatherings and cruises are planned from Friday the 7th through Sunday the 9th.  

We have another great Woodie Weekend planned. Hope to see you there!

Member Levels and Benefits

Marginal Way - A Beautiful Path by the Sea
By W.J. Farr


                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photo credit: Jodi Locke

A thin ribbon is the margin
That separates the sea from the land
Along this stretch of Maine Coast.
There is a magical crispness to the air,
That permeates this waving band.

At path’s beginnings, riots of flowers
Scream for attention and draw
Walkers away from the river vista
That sweeps into the sea on
White ripples of water and spray.

The lane weaves its risky way along rocky
Edges of red and gray,
As it wanders between tall
Firs and tumbling lines of beach plum roses.

The ocean grumbles and splays onto 
The chunks of granite,
Lashing at the shore with raking foam,
Tearing at the ribbon with vengeance.

Bright blue is the sea on sunny days,
Yet steely gray on morns with clouds.
Its combers of waves rage from storms
Or sweep gently onto the land in summer still.

Climbing onto a promontory,
The trail braces for a view of the
Stretching white sands,
Of surfers riding the tips of low waves, or
Pulls eye towards the bald head of
Towering cliffs.

Wild goldenrod laughs 
At those who would behold only roses.
Gulls careen close to the surf,
And rugged bushes cling to the rock.
Taut sails lean into the wind cresting foam.

Too soon, curving walks bring
The journey to coves of oar weed,
Leading to gray weathered cottages,
And onto a bridge that draws
To an end this salty stone margin. 

Ogunquit Knowledge Test Answers

1.  Beautiful place by the sea

2.  Wells 

3.  Sawmill   shipbuilding

4.  Fish Cove

5.  Breakwater

6.  Perkins Cove

7.  Footbridge

8.  Ogunquit Art Colony

9.  Marginal Way                                                                                                                                 

10.  The Stand

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