Turner Historical Museum

Rich in history and culture, the Town of Turner has a dedicated Historical Society that is dedicated to preserving our community's unique sense of place by showcasing Turner's past.  The Turner Historical Museum is located on the fourth floor of Turner's historic Leavitt Institute Building in community's village center.

The Museum is currently open for public viewing on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 12:00pm to 5:00pm., and Saturdays by appointment.  Call 225-2629.
 
The North Turner Chair Factory
The North Turner Chair Factory

The North Turner Chair Factory was named Keen & Brown and employed 35 people. The structure burned February, 1886 and was rebuilt under the Washburn Chair Co. This factory was the first one in Maine to manufacture willow chairs.

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The First Meeting House
The First Meeting House

After some controversy the meeting house was completed in 1782. The town was responsible for the construction of the meeting house and the support of the pastor as part of the incorporation of the town. It was difficult to call a pastor and there were times when there was no settled pastor. At one time Rev. Charles Turner was the pastor and it was him for whom the Town received its name. This building was located on the east side of Upper Street at the junction of Pearl Road.

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Lawrence Store
Lawrence Store

Walter Lawrence Store and Post Office. The store in Turner Center,” became the “Grange” store, later known for many years as “Walter Lawrence & Son. The hall over the store was dedicated in October, 1874, where the grange met until November 1898.

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A Pictorial History of Turner 

 


 

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Music at The Gazebo


 

With its history playing an integral part in its unique sense of place, the Town of Turner is incredibly proud if its beginnings.  While these photographs (above) may be set in the distant past, many of the scenes are reflected in the present.

 

The public is cordially invited to attend the Music for Mavis summer concert series each Tuesday evening at The Gazebo.  The Gazebo is located on the lawn at the Leavitt Institute Building in the historic village center.  All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. (6:00 p.m. during September).  So bring a lawn chair and consider pitching in when the hat is passed -- $5.00 is suggested -- that's how the musicians get paid.  For more information, call 207-754-0954.

The 2022 performance schedule is:

May 17: Mary Murphy
May 24: Jodi & The Boys
May 31: The Bald Hill Band
June 7: Rabbi and Lisa Scruli
June 14: The Cobblestones
June 21: Sonya & Friends
June 28: Nick Appolonio & Castle Bay
July 4: Bellamy Jazz Band
July 5: Melinda Liberty & Ted
July 12: Backwoods Road
July 19: Maggie & Robbie
July 26: Mill Town Road Show
Aug. 2: Christine & Friends
Aug. 9: Denny Breau
Aug. 16: Pat Colwell
Aug. 23: Dirty McCurdy
Aug. 30: Marty & Moe
Sept. 6: Jerks of Grass
Sept. 3: Pam Weeks – T-Acadie
Sept. 20: Hot Damn – Norm & Deb
Sept. 27: Mary Murphy

Turner's Public Library maintains an extensive collection of books and materials for visitors of all ages and interests.  They also offer a broad range of programs sure to pique your interest.  Click here to be taken to their website for up to date information.