Welcome to the Norway Historical Society's web site. Please visit often as we regularly add new content. The most recent additions and the date the site was last updated are shown near the bottom of this page.
The Norway Historical Society, founded in 1974 and incorporated in 1977, is dedicated to preserving the long history of the town and the many great contributions of its citizens.
The mission of the Society is to bring people together to share, celebrate and learn about Norway’s heritage, by collecting, caring for and exhibiting Norway’s historical treasures; by facilitating the collection of and research into family and local history; and by providing programs that make our history meaningful that engage people of all ages.
The Society's home, located at the corner of Main and Whitman Streets in downtown Norway, is the Mark P. Smith house. Smith was a successful businessman who established a tannery on the street that still carries that name, and a grist mill in the Steep Falls section of town, Built circa 1828 on the corner of Main and Danforth Streets, the house was moved around the corner in the 1950s to face Danforth Street. In 1977, Norway Savings Bank purchased the property in preparation for expansion, and offered the building to the Society. The house was moved to its current location in 1978, where it serves as the Society's museum and meeting facility.
The Society maintains extensive local newspaper records dating from 1850, vital statistic records, and genealogies of many local families, all of which are available to researchers. The museum houses a large collection of items and documents from all eras of Norway's history.
The museum is open to the public year round on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m, Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. during the summer, and by appointment. Admission is free.
Take a short tour of our museum
Site last updated 12/31/2013
Newest additions - Norway History Videos: Trouble on the Oxford Central Electric Railroad; New Exhibits: Norway Souvenir China; Norway History Videos: Norway's Rural One-Room Schools; Interesting Places: Ordway Grove; Did You Know?: Nash of Maine.