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.”


2024 Calendar

The 2024 Calendar is available for purchase! The theme? Archivist’s choice! An array of the most special images from our collections. Available to buy at the Patten Free Library, or in many downtown Bath stores. Or, follow this link to purchase online now.


Fall Program: Saturday, November 4th, 2023, 10:30am at the Patten Free Library

In November, Bath Historical Society’s fall program featured the lecture, “The Bath Custom House” presented by Nathan R. Lipfert, curator emeritus of the Maine Maritime Museum and current board president for Bath Historical Society.

The 2nd edition of Lipfert’s book, The Bath Custom House: Notes on the History of the Customs District and Custom Houses of Bath, Maine is available for purchase. Please contact us at info@bathhistorical.org if you would like to purchase a copy.

For additional information about the 2023 BHS Fall Program please see the event press release or reach out to us at info@bathhistorical.org. 



Bath Customs Book – Purchase Now!

Over 180 pages of information on the Bath Customs District and the various Custom Houses and officers of Bath. Written by Nathan R. Lipfert, the volume contains a wealth of information and stories of interest to local historians, maritime enthusiasts, or those interested in the history of commerce. Contact us for more information about purchasing the book.