Welcome to the Harmon Museum, home of the Old Orchard Beach Historical Society. Along seven miles of Atlantic shoreline in Saco Bay lies the unique town of Old Orchard Beach. Those who live here never want to leave, and those who visit yearn to return.
Our summer 2013 rotating display features the churches and cemeteries past and present of Old Orchard.
We appreciate your virtual visit today, and hope you will make an in-person visit to the Museum - again, or for the first time - during our summer hours (or year-round by appointment). For more information phone 207-934-9319 or email us.
Beach Scene at Old Orchard, circa 1910
Interested in period pictures? Checkout Postcard History Series Old Orchard Beach, by Town Historian Daniel E. Blaney. Book available through our Web Store.
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By Stan Quinlan (for the Old Orchard Beach Historical Society)
If you had asked someone about Edward B. "Ned" Clemmens back in the mid-1800's, they could have filled your ears with tales of one of the most interesting characters ever to grace the streets of Old Orchard, as it was known in those days. He was a seer without peer, the first to envision Old Orchard as becoming "one of the most famous watering places in New England, even in the nation." Not only that, he was called "half-hermit, half-epicure." Eventually, he became known as "The Hermit of Old Orchard Beach."
Originally from Philadelphia, PA, where he was born in 1810, Ned had been a stage actor, traveling with the notorious Phineas T. Barnum... (click here to read full article).