Portland Avenue (ca. 1911)
Notice the coastline just behind the magnificent 300 room Old Orchard House Hotel, Built in 1875 by Ebenezer Staples, only to be torn down in 1943. In the foreground is Saint Margaret Church, which still stands today. For similar period pictures, check out Postcard History Series Old Orchard Beach, by Town Historian Daniel E. Blaney, available through our Web Store.
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. We will be open for the summer season from June 24th through August 30th. Click here for museum hours and directions.
Memorial Flag Raising (6:00 p.m. daily at Memorial Park through Labor Day)
Each summer evening through Labor Day, Veterans Memorial Park in Old Orchard Beach hosts an open air raising of the U.S. flag in honor of a deceased veteran. The short (15-20 minute) ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m. and includes a musical and spoken word tribute. Ceremony volunteers, local residents and vacationing tourists pause at this time to recognize a veteran, many with ties to Maine. Watch local television coverage of the event, then pick any evening this summer to head over to Memorial Park and join others in honoring American veterans. FMI, visit the group's Facebook page.
Town's Oldest Living Resident Awarded Apple Cane
The Old Orchard Beach Historical Society is pleased to announce that Lorraine Miles Wyman will receive the "Apple Cane" as the oldest living resident of Old Orchard Beach, Maine who was actually born within the boundaries of the town. The Apple Cane, along with a commemorative plaque, will be awarded to Lorraine at a meeting of Old Orchard Beach Town Council. All of Lorraine's family and friends are invited to attend the "Apple Cane" award ceremony on January 7th at Old Orchard Beach Town Hall Council Chambers at 7:00 p.m. For more information, please read the press release or call Arthur or Jeanne Guerin at (207)-934-5061.