The house, property and museum collection are maintained entirely by society volunteers as a public trust and a community service. The collection of archives and artifacts are the treasures of Hancock’s past and include such items as furniture, china, glass, military items, musical instruments, a large collection of tools, maps, manuscripts, photographs, paintings, textiles, oral histories and more. While we do have some Native American artifacts, most of our collection encompasses items from the 18th and 19th centuries with a relationship to the town of Hancock or its people.
For those who would like to donate items for the collection, we are always interested in anything with a particular connection to Hancock. Due to space constraints, we cannot guarantee that all items can be accepted. Please contact us by phone or email for further information.
Each summer we present a new special exhibit. In 2010 we showed the changing faces of Main Street. In light of the recent Main Street improvements, the exhibit was timely and informative. In 2009 we presented Summers in Hancock, an exhibit that focused on the influx of summer residents over the past century and houses that opened their doors to them. It also focused on our Old Home Day celebrations.
The Museum is open by appointment for the time being; thank you for this inconvenience. Many of our artifacts are labeled. We also have docents who can explain the history and significance of items in the collections. Admission free; donations gratefully accepted. Guided tours can be arranged by appointment as well. Please contact us for further information.
Our volunteer staff is happy to help you with genealogical information or other requests to the best of our ability. Please contact us for further information.
Educating both adults and children is an important part of our mission. We work with the teachers and students of Hancock Elementary School to help bring history alive for them and hopefully foster a desire to learn more. We almost always have exhibits of school children’s work on display in the museum.