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Maine Preservation


In 1970, a small group of concerned Mainers met in Hallowell with the initial goal of promoting the creation of a state preservation commission.  By 1971, they accomplished this goal with the establishment of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, however, this devoted citizen group continued to meet under the name “Citizens for Historic Preservation” to sustain their support for historic preservation in Maine.  In 1972, while meeting at Buffet Restaurant in Wiscasset, Citizens for Historic Preservation officially incorporated as a non-profit organization thus founding the organization today known as Maine Preservation. By 1984, Maine Preservation had its first permanent office and its first paid employee followed in 1988 by its first executive director, Faith Harrington.  In 1990, Thomas B. Johnson became the first fulltime executive director, and he was succeeded by Janet Roberts.

By 1997, Maine Preservation hired Roxanne Eflin as the fulltime executive director and was operating out of a small back office on Congress Street in Portland.   In 2008, current executive director Greg Paxton was hired. Maine Preservation launched both the Protect & Sell Program in 2013 and Field Services Program in 2009 with new staff members, Christopher Closs and Rochelle Bohm.  In 2010, Maine Preservation moved into its current headquarters in the Captain Reuben Merrill House (1858), a 15 room, three-story Italianate mansion in Yarmouth, still owned by the same family and leased to Maine Preservation.  For over 40 years now, Maine Preservation has worked hard to promote an appreciation of Maine’s historic places and districts and provide for their preservation and use to enhance the vitality of our communities.

Protect & Sell Program

McCulloch House The historically and architecturally significant Hugh McCulloch House in Kennebunk, constructed ca. 1782, is now for sale for the first time since 1801, through our Protect & Sell Program! Read more about the McCulloch House in our Historic Real Estate listings.

Honor Awards

Maine Preservation's 20th Honor AwardsIMG_1305 Will be held on Tuesday, November 7th

from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Portland Country Club

Celebrate extraordinary Preservation project around the state.



For more information: visit here.

Field Services

Demo Maine Preservation offers preservation guidance to the stewards of historic buildings in Maine from our professional Field Service Advisor, Christopher Closs. His advice can help get a project off the ground, find resources, or steer a project in the right direction. read more...

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