Welcome to the
Windham Historical Society
Windham was originally settled primarily by farmers who came here in the middle of the 1700s. The agricultural lifestyle continued through most of the town’s history until the industrial age. Several wars and many societal changes have created the town we know today which is primarily residential and includes a large commercial center.
Windham Historical Society was organized in 1967 for the purpose of preserving the town’s rich historical past and providing opportunities for members of the public to learn about their heritage.
The Society owns four museum buildings, each of which was an important center for development in Windham.
- The first Town House, which was also used as a school and is now the Society’s headquarters building
- An old grocery/cobbler shop located at the corner of Windham Center Road and Route 202
- The old Windham Circulating Library located next to the Town House
- The South Windham Library that was moved from the Little Falls section of Gorham onto the Village Green. It will become a museum featuring information about South Windham and the railroad that was once such a big part of the community back in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
We also own a house on the museum property that we are currently renting. We hope to one day make it a part of the Village Green. The Village Green is the Society’s vision for the future. Our plan is to open a Living History Center right in the heart of Windham Center. The Village School, our one-room schoolhouse, is the first building we have completed and it is open to the public by appointment.
Call 207-892-1433 if you’d like to arrange a tour.
During the winter months, the Society will be open by appointment only. Hours change seasonally, so check this site often for updates throughout the year.
To make an appointment, please call 207-892-1433 or email us at email@example.com.
Stop in, say hello, visit and view the displays. We’d be delighted to help with your genealogy search and help answer your questions about Windham history.
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Village Green becomes a reality!
The property the Society acquired in 2010 is transitioning to a Living History Center known as the Village Green! Surveys, soils tests, many meetings with town officials and ideas for a future educational resource – all this has kept your Society busy! It’s exciting and we hope you have a chance visit and learn more!
This implement is sometimes called “cow cufflinks” or “cow hobbler”, and were used to control a cow that kicked while being milked. The “C” shaped pieces were placed on the shins of the cow, and the chain limited her mobility! The modern implement is made from a webbing material much like a dog collar.
Donated by Stanley Rowe
Have Fun with History!
Now On Display
Step back in time at The Village School, our one-room schoolhouse on the Village Green. A visit will show you what it was like to be in a 19th century classroom complete with desks, blackboards, and a big wood stove. Old slates and McGuffey Readers are on display as well as information about all the one-room schoolhouses that used to dot the Windham landscape long ago.