A 19th century hog scraper from the Counting House Museum collection. 
 
New to the Counting House exhibits in 2010 was the story of the Brown or Brawn family of South Berwick’s rural Tatnic area. Implements used on 19th century local farms make up a new small exhibit.
 
Museum visitors could see 17-year old Sadie M. Brown’s recipe for her favorite Indian pudding, and take copies of her recipe to try at home. Her little notebook containing the recipe is now on display.

Noah Quater raises the signal flags in the new hands-on children's display

In 2016 the Counting House Museum offered an exhibit that combines three different displays produced in the past few years by the historical society, including one funded by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council.

The long-obscure story behind South Berwick’s landmark Odd Fellows building is revealed at the Counting House Museum this season, answering the question, “Who were the Odd Fellows?”

A new exhibit presents a peek behind the historic façade, beginning with the two original tall, heavy black doors that were transported to the museum when the Odd Fellows chapter closed in 2011 after 166 years.
 
The Counting House is open 1:00 to 4:00 pm on weekends through October, and year round by appointment. 
 
Ceremonial robes, colorful costumes and banner, a ballot box and other regalia, record books and members’ biographies are also shown, along with interior photos of the ceremonial hall as it once looked on the upper floors of the historic brick building in the village square, said to be the oldest commercial building in York County.

"From the South Pacific to South Berwick: a Soldier's Letters Home" is on display at South Berwick Public Library.

Elaine Pelletier Holland of Rochester, NH, and Norman J. Pelletier of Gorham, ME, contributed their father’s war correspondence, journal and other memorabilia to the Counting House Museum in 2009.  Two other relatives, Lloyd Pelletier of York and Theresa Wilkinson of South Berwick, gave copies of their extensive family genealogy and family photos.

Wildré Pelletier, who grew up on what is now often called lower Main Street, South Berwick, and attended St. Michael’s parochial school in the building that contains South Berwick Town Hall, entered the Army in 1943.  He was one of two sons to do so in his French Canadian immigrant family of nine children.  Their mother, Clementine, raised them alone after their father, Henry, died of pneumonia.


2012 Season

People, Places and Pantaloons:  

Style along the Salmon Falls through the lives of four South Berwick and Rollinsford families.

And...

A 19th-Century Carpenter's Tool Chest:

The Mathews family legacy 

Fashions and tools used by local Mathews, Hayes, Lord, Jellison and Woods families will welcome visitors at the Counting House Museum this season.  

The Counting House is staffed by Old Berwick Historical Society volunteers from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on weekends through October, and year round by appointment.  Admission is by donation.

Thanks to the hard work of archaeologists with the Old Berwick Historical Society, local residents can now glimpse early decades of settlement in this part of New England. South Berwick was settled about 14 years after Plimoth, and was part of a larger town designated as Berwick in 1713.  

“Some things, like sharing camaraderie over pints of ale, haven’t changed in 300 years,” said Paula Bennett, a society board member. “A tavern stood where Brattle Street meets Oldfields Road, which was then the center of town, just as people enjoy the taverns now thriving downtown South Berwick.”  

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