Welcome to the Bath Historical Society

Gas Stations on Vine Street prior to the viaduct being built

BHS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting interest in the history and heritage of Bath, Maine: The City of Ships. Our headquarters are in the Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room on the second floor of the Patten Free Library at 33 Summer Street in Bath. We provide financial and volunteer support to the History Room, collect photographs, documents and ephemera related to Bath, and present programs about people, places and events in Bath history.  We invite you to join us in exploring our rich heritage on this website, at our programs and in the History Room.

Bath Historical Society Mission Statement
 β€œTo support the Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room of the Patten Free Library and conduct historical research and educational programs which help preserve the history of Bath, Maine.”


The 2023 Bath Historical Society calendar is now available! Look for it at Mockingbird Bookshop, Wilson’s Drug Store, the Library Bookstore, Lisa Marie’s Made in Maine, the Bath Sweet Shoppe, the Patten Free Library’s Circulation Desk and Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room, and the Cemetery Office. Or follow the “Purchase 2023 Calendar” link below to order online. 

Newly Published – Order Now!

Over 180 pages of information on the Bath Customs District and the various Custom Houses and officers of Bath. Containing a wealth of information and stories of interest to local historians, Maritime enthusiast, or those interested in the history of maritime trade. Written by Nathan R. Lipfert