The Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society

Rebuilding of Route 1 at the causeway at Sullivan Harbor

We hope you can visit us in person at some point, but for now please enjoy this virtual tour of the two towns of Sullivan and Sorrento in Maine. Our Historical Society is 41 years young and we have approximately 15,000 items archived. Here you can find information on local mining, ship building, genealogy and the summer colony. Did you know that Sorrento was originally part of Sullivan?

Photo of Treasure Island before the causeway was built. Probably taken from the vicinity of Blink Bonny Golf Course.

Hours and Location

Our museum and archives are located in the Sullivan Recreational Center located on US Route 1. If traveling East, bear right after the bridge; we are only a quarter of a mile farther on the left across from the Fire Department building.

We are open on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in May, June, July and August and other times by appointment.

Volunteers and New Members Needed

Volunteers provide many of the needed services at the Sullivan – Sorrento Historical Society throughout the year. There are so many small things that our staff would never be able to accomplish without the help of volunteers and members who are willing to lend a hand. You can’t afford not to preserve this history; our dues start at only $10.00. If you are interested in being a volunteer for a day or becoming a member, please call or email us. We would very much like to hear from you!

From our Facebook page

Tonight @ 7pm 😎 ...

History of the Granite Industry

August 16, 2017, 7:00pm

Tom MacMillan, S-SHS Summer Intern, will speak about the social history of the granite industry in Sullivan and the surrounding area. He has spent the summer of 2017 delving into the archives of the Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society, conducting interviews and studying the industry which dominated Sullivan during the late 19th and early 20th century. His presentation will focus on the origins of the industry, an overview of the industry and the community built around granite quarrying, plus the long term impact on those involved and the community overall.

View on Facebook

5 Sculpture Symposia from 2007 to 2014 resulted in a world class collection of 34 large granite works of art that make up the new Sculpture Trail of Maine. The Gate of the Sun is located in Sorrento, and the Sullivan Tower is located on the town green. FMI. Our gratitude to Jesse Salisbury and the many artists who contributed to this project. ...

View on Facebook

From Linda Hanf Higgins to Growing Up in Ellsworth:

I thought this group might find this picture of interest since it was "close by." I came across this picture in my Grandmother Hanf's collection. On the back it says - 1925 Brad Smith's ferry going between Hancock and Sullivan on Taunton River.

View on Facebook

The Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society
P.O. Box 44
Sullivan, Maine 04664