The Fogg Homestead


The Fogg Homestead is the former home of William Fogg, father of  Dr. John S.H. Fogg who gave the land for the library, along with his personal collection of American history books, and an endowment. The library was named in honor of Dr. John S.H. Fogg’s father. You can visit the restored Fogg Homestead and see personal artifacts from the Fogg family and the historic Fogg collections on Dr. Fogg’s Birthday, at the Victorian Tea, and at other special events, and by appointment.

To learn more about the Fogg Family, visit Our History.

Fogg Homestead Now Open for Tours

The Fogg Homestead will be open for tours starting August 6, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. And continuing through October. Owned by the William Fogg Library, the Fogg Homestead is a refurbished 1821 Colonial which was
owned by the Fogg family, founders and benefactors of Eliot¹s public library. The Foggs donated the land for the library, gave it an endowment, and bequeathed their homestead to the library as well.

Among the items of interest are The Fogg Collection, which contains about 1000 volumes. The books cover a variety of topics, including New England history, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, foreign countries, genealogies, collected papers, state historical collections, state histories, and town histories. Other items of interest include Dr. Fogg¹s 19th Century Medical Tools, a working pedal organ, framed minutes from the Eliot Library Association, written by Sarah Farmer, founder of Green Acre Baha i School, businesswoman, and leader of first world Peace movement, Mrs. Fogg¹s wedding slippers, old-fashioned essentials such as a crank butter churn, bed warmer, and ice box, a model of the clipper ship Nightingale, built in Eliot, which ferried renowned Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind (The Swedish Nightingale) to the U.S.

The Fogg Homestead was nearly lost to fire in 2000, but thanks to dedicated volunteers was restored and refurbished.

Admission to the Fogg Homestead is $5.00 for adults and children over age 12; children under age 12 are free.

Become a Fogg Homestead Docent

The Fogg Homestead will start being open for guided tours on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. later this summer and through October.  Being a docent is a volunteer position. Anyone who loves history, loves the library, and enjoys meeting people will have fun volunteering at the Fogg Homestead.

Sarah Kent, an experienced historic home guide and educator, will provide training for would-be docents at the Fogg Homestead from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. starting Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

Once docents are trained, a schedule for staffing the Homestead will be set up.

The following docent criteria are recommended: Must be age 15 or older; must be able to be on your feet for a length of time, must be able to climb stairs as the Fogg Homestead is two stories, and you must have your own transportation to the Fogg Homestead. Students doing this for Community Service requirements can get the appropriate paperwork at the library. Those interested can sign up at the library front desk. The library is open Mondays and Wednesdays 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you have questions, please call Lydia Goodwin, library director, at (207) 439-9437 or Sarah Kent at (207) 451-9776 or stop by the library.