Museum Store Gifts and Publications

All publications are available for purchase. For shipping charges please contact the Society by e-mail at, or by writing to Thomaston Historical Society, P.O. Box 384, Thomaston, Maine 04861.

Thomaston Historical Society members receive a 10% discount on all merchandise.

Books and other items available include:

  • This year we are offering this beautiful gold plated brass three dimensional Christmas tree ornament of the ship Barnabus Webb built in 1856 and named for the sea captain whose home was the 2014 Home for the Holidays house.

    Note: The drawing to the right does not show the billowing sails and other raised details that will be on the ornaments.  
  • Item #101

$16.20 for members
 $18 for non-members

  • "Unending Passions: The Knox Letters" by Pamela Murrow published by Anderson-Gordon Publishers in 2010. Soft cover, 190 pages, 14 photographs and illustrations. Never before published correspondence between General Henry Knox and his wife, Lucy Flucker Knox, explains the relationship between the two, their many children, the events leading up to and including the War for Independence, the years when Henry Knox was the Secretary of War in President Washington's first cabinet, the building of Montpelier, the Knox Mansion in Thomaston, Maine.


  • "A Breach of Privilege: Cilley Family Letters 1820-1867" by Eve Anderson published by Seven Coin Press in 2002. Hard cover, 45 photographs and illustrations, four color dust jacket and ribbon place marker. 520 pages. Included are the personal letters of Cilley family members, unique in that both the letters and replies are both available in most instances. The family also were unusually open in their subject matters, many times showing a great deal of self-deprecation and good humor. The subject mater deals with a political murder, several love stories, the deaths of family members including children and a great deal about ordinary daily life in the early 1800s. It also includes a section dealing with the reality of life during the Civil War years. This book won a national award for "excellence in history" in 2002.


  • Dressing the New Republic - Authentic American Costumes from 1775 to 1805" written and illustrated by by Julie Stackpole. Published by The General Henry Knox Museum, Thomaston, Maine, 2014. Julie Stackpole is a noted costumer and artist whose detailed drawings cover the dress of people for the elite, middle and working classes during the Revolution and early Federal period of American history. Her beautiful drawings cover every aspect of clothing for men, women and children including fabric and fabric designs, dress styles, accessories, shoes, hair and wig styles, caps and hats, cloaks, pockets and scarves. This book is especially important for anyone creating a costume for a living history reenactor, a museum docent or a display about the time period. It also includes an informative glossary and terminology of fabrics, suggestions for other books on historic clothing and where to find patterns and accessories for costume making. 
  • The book is soft covered with exceptionally detailed drawings and explanations throughout.   


  • "History of Thomaston, Rockland and South Thomaston" from 1605 to 1863 by Cyrus Eaton. History, genealogy; 2 vol. set, indexed; hard cover, 940 pages total.

set $55.00
per book $30.00

  • Index of Eaton, 2 vol. set. 

free with purchase
of set above

  • "Imperative Duty to My Country:
    Three Civil War Journals
    James Henry Hobbs Hewett"
    With Prefaces and Notes by Brian S. Heintzelman

  • Major Hewett, a resident of Thomaston, served in the Maine 8th Infantry. Following the war, he returned and became one of the outstanding men of the town in both his secular and spiritual life. The book is 222 pages in soft cover with many photographs. The book is published by the Thomaston Historical Society.


  • "Tall Ships, White Houses and Elms" a photographic tour of Thomaston between 1870 and 1900. Soft cover, 304 pages total, 2 vol. set

set $42.50
per book 22.50

  • "A Town That Went To Sea" by Aubigne Lermond Packard, a history of Thomaston and the Georges Valley from its early days of settlement through its most illustrious period of shipbuilding and seafaring. Illustrated with photographs of vessels and other items of historic interest. The 416 page soft cover volume includes a full list of ships built in Thomaston and a roster of the many captains who took them to sea.


  • "Reflections of My Life" by Judge William Foster Norris, 1847-1923. Judge Norris was the son of a Thomaston sea captain. His monograph, written in his later years for his family, is an interesting study of life in nineteenth century Thomaston during the height of the ship building era. This paperback book is published by the Thomaston Historical Society.


  • Apparitions: Being a Recounting of Certain Spectral Occurrences in the Northeast in the Last Century" as told by William Dale is a collection of six documented ghost stories that are beautifully illustrated in pen and ink drawings by Neil Dale. Published by Thomaston Historical Society.


  • "Thomaston Scrapbook", F.L.S. Morse. Record of the town from 1860 to 1960. First published by the Courier Gazette of Rockland, Maine. 2 vol. set; hard cover, 486 pages, illus. In its second printing, both volumes were combined into one hard cover book
    published by Penobscot Press


  • "Barton's Mills" by H. Hyatt Verrill, soft cover. Rediscovered copies of the book of historic based fiction we had thought was out of print.


  • "Remarks of My Life" by Hezekiah Prince, Sr. (1786-1839). From diaries and journals of a prominent citizen of Thomaston.
Copies of this book can still
be found as second hand
books on the Internet.

  • 1878 Map of Thomaston showing the shapes and placements of each building at the time.


  • Coffee Mugs White ceramic with a dark maroon drawing depicting Thomaston and celebrating our history of Tall Ships, White Houses and Elms. The drawings were created by artist Margaret McCrea.


  • Post Card of portrait of Major General Henry Knox


  • Lapel Pin showing the symbol of the Thomaston Historical Society


A small shipping charge will be added to the cost of the books and other merchandise. The charge depends upon the weight of the items ordered and the method of shipping requested.



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