The Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society

Statehood Bi-centennial Planning Session

The Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society Bicentennial Committee held its first planning meeting on May 9, 2019.  Representatives from Hancock, Sorrento and Sullivan attended.  Out of that first meeting came ideas for celebrating the history of statehood (1820) in our community.  At that time, Sullivan also included Waukeag Neck and Hancock.  It was decided to continue to explore making a Bicentennial Commemorative Quilt, exhibiting farm equipment from that era, and identifying houses built through 1820. The house project would include histories of each house and possible tours of some.  Since the meeting, a group in Sorrento is exploring the possibility of making a rug-hooking to commemorate Waukeag Neck history.

A second meeting will be scheduled for June.  All interested in working on this project are welcome to attend the next meeting or contact Gary or Jeanne Edwards.

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.

2018 SSHS Newsletter  Our Winter 2018-2019 newsletter of the Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society is dedicated to the memory of Robert Potter.

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 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

From our neighbors at the Captain Bennis House"WAS A GRAND OLD LADY"
Sullivan Woman Real Great Granddaughter-Civil War Nurse
(Special to the Bangor Daily News - April 6, 1929)
SULLIVAN, April 6 - In the passing of Elizabeth Hannah Bennis on April 1, Sullivan loses one of its oldest and most beloved daughters, and loses also its last direct connection with its founders. She would have been eighty-nine years of age in June.
(Click on the link to learn more about the fascinating life of Lizzie Simpson. We commemorate the 180th year since her birth this Tuesday!)

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Join us on Saturday, May 23rd, 9am to place flags at York Hill Cemetery. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 ...

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From our neighbors in Gouldsboro 📚. Happy 200 Maine 🎂Here's the exciting news we promised...
GHS has published a NEW history of Early Gouldsboro and it is now available by mail with your GHS Membership renewal!

Renewal notices have been sent out, SO CHECK YOUR MAIL for our special limited- time "TWO-FER" offer of

FOUNDERS AND FOLLOWERS: Movers and Shakers Who Built Gouldsboro on the Eastern Frontier
by Reverend Charles A. Joy

Books will be avaiable in stores (if open) and through our website in May, but between now and June 1, Members can purchase one copy for $20 or TWO copies for $30 (+ $5 S&H)

So sort through that mail pile and send in your book order with your renewal today!

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