Tours

[Group & School]   [Education & Outreach]   [Historic]

During our historic tour season, Biddeford's textile mill doors are open once more, with access to the unique underground canals! Tours are generally guided by former mill workers who are passionate about Pepperell and know the history of these incredible buildings.

Discover the details about the textile industry and the contributions made by local mill workers from the 1840s to 2009. Experience the grand scale of the spinning and weaving rooms, the soaring ceilings raised by stately columns, and the rushing power of the Saco River.

We also offer group tours in the late spring and early fall, and we can visit your location between September and May with our Education & Outreach program and presentation.

Mills' past, present featured on tours


Read the article written by the
Journal Tribune, August 2012

Group & School Tours

The Group Tour season will traditionally run from mid-May to June and September to mid-October each year. During the late fall and winter seasons, lighting and temperature issues make touring the mills too challenging to undertake.

Types of eligible groups include: schools, colleges and universities, corporations, small businesses, retirement communities, historical societies, etc.

Typically, there will be a minimum of 10 tour attendees required but smaller groups may be possible. Discounts may be available with larger groups. Reservations are required.

If you are interested in more information or arranging a group tour, please email Don Guillerault at biddefordmillsmuseum@gmail.com or Jeff Cabral at jcabral@mcarthur.lib.me.us.

Group tour prices: $3 per student (grades 5-12), $15 per adult.

Education & Outreach

Group Tour / Education & Outreach Brochure

From September to May, Biddeford Mills Museum offers in-person presentations which intertwine historical fact with real life experiences. Topic choices include: The History of the Mills 1845 - 2009; The Mill Girls; The Creation of the Vellux Blanket; A Virtual Tour of the Pepperell Mills.

Our outreach programs are designed for students in 5th-12th grade. These presentations are also available to college, university, adult education, business, historical society and other groups. We will prepare a program that suits your needs and time allowance.

The price rate is $100 within 25 miles of Biddeford; otherwise, negotiable.

If you are interested in more information or arranging a presentation and visit from our guides, please email Don Guillerault at biddefordmillsmuseum@gmail.com or Jeff Cabral at jcabral@mcarthur.lib.me.us.

Historic Tours

2017 Tour Schedule for Biddeford Mills Museum

Tours for 2017 start June 8 and end September 2nd. Tours run Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 am to 12 pm. Please plan to arrive by 9:45 am.

Please see the Group Tours and Education & Outreach sections above for other opportunities to learn about the Biddeford Mills.

Reservations for Historic Tours

Reservations are required. During the tour season, please call Heart of Biddeford at (207) 284-8520, Monday - Friday from 10 am - 2 pm to arrange your tour booking. Reservations should be made prior to 2 pm on the day before the Biddeford Mills Museum Tour.

The first 25 registrants will be booked on a first come, first serve basis for any Historical Tour. Larger groups can be accommodated with at least three (3) day prior notice.

Tour Prices

    $15 Adults
    $12 Seniors (age 65)
    $10 Students (under age 18)

Safety

The Historical Tours are designed for those able to climb minimal stairs. Walking shoes should be worn. For safety reasons no open toed shoes are allowed. Children under the age of five (5) are discouraged from participating. A Waiver is required to be signed for participation. An adult or guardian must sign for any minor (under 18).

Tour Meeting Place

Tour participants should meet in front of Portland Pie Restaurant at 40 Main Street (located near the corner of Foss & Main Streets). Follow the signs. Please see Parking.

Additional Tour Info

Historical Tours of the Pepperell Mill Campus are a two (2) hour walking tour of the buildings built as early as 1845 and the water power tunnels built in 1837. The tour includes discussions of the:

  • Early history

  • Growth

  • Technology

  • Products

  • War efforts

  • Immigration

  • Community impact

  • Worldwide prominence

  • Cultural diversity

 

 
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