When visiting, you’ll want to see many of the more than 70 documented historic homes and buildings near Blue Hill, ME. We are proud to share that the historic register includes our very own Blue Hill Inn. You can close your eyes and spend some moments in bygone years during your stay here. Our inn was built in 1830, and so many memories are stored in the rooms and gardens. Even the heritage elm trees can whisper secrets kept through the years. Below are a few historic buildings to visit during your stay.
George Stevens Academy
In 1897, the contract to build the George Stevens Academy was agreed upon. By 1898, students had begun taking classes. The building and school continue, even today, to educate young people. Seven surrounding villages and towns send their children to this consolidated school. George Stevens, for whom the academy was named, came to Blue Hill in 1775. In addition to his commitment to education (early academic subjects even included navigation courses), he was a merchant and ship owner.
First Congregational Church of Blue Hill
The church’s current building was dedicated in 1843, which is the third iteration for faithful churchgoers. The first building was too small and in a different location; the second building housed a Paul Revere bell. Sadly, that church burned to the ground in 1842. Eventually, the reconstruction of the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill was finalized, including a replica of the Paul Revere bell. The granite foundation is made of locally minded stone, and the lumber came from Blue Hill lumber yards. In 1908, the church installed the first two of the current six stained glass windows and recently celebrated its 250th anniversary as a congregation.
Blue Hill Academy
Not to be confused with the George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill Academy was constructed in 1833. The quintessential red brick schoolhouse was initially covered with clapboard since it was decided that the brick was “not healthy” for school children. Eventually, the clapboard was removed to reveal the original brick. Now, the school building houses the Duffy-Wescott Post 85 of the American Legion. They put continuous effort to restoring this significant landmark.
Jonathan Fisher Homestead
This is the oldest building in Blue Hill. It was designed in 1814 as the family home of Jonathan Fisher, the first minister of Blue Hill. Back then, a town or village had to have an organized church to be recognized as a place on the map. The Jonathan Fisher Homestead is now a historic landmark and museum. Inside, treasures from the past are on display, including Fisher’s library and his personal surveying equipment. Fisher was also an artist, and his paintings and other artwork are available for public view.
Our rich heritage experienced through the historic homes and buildings near Blue Hill, ME, bring history to life as you look at the architecture and items on display within. The Blue Hill Historical Society (established in 1902 and located in the historic Holt house) strives to promote and help the public learn from the town’s legacy. The Blue Hill Inn feels immense gratitude for those who have gone before, and we are glad to continue the efforts to share our history. Check availability now and experience the beauty and culture of Blue Hill for yourself.
Published October 2022