• Membership

    Membership

    Membership in the Poland Spring Preservation Society is just one of the ways in which you as an individual can help to support the preservation and renovation of two very historic and important buildings. Annual Membership (Due each January) Single (1 card): $20 Couples (2 cards): $35 Family (4 cards): $45 Bronze (2 cards + guest passes): $100 Silver (2 cards + guest passes): $250 Gold (2 cards + guest passes): $500 + Please become a member Application Here! Volunteer opportunities available please call Kayla at 207-998-4351 for more information.

  • Events

    Concert Series

    The annual concerts that we have produced since the late seventies has been renamed the “Sunset Concert Series” Why? That’s the really big news, on warm clear summer evenings you can now enjoy a variety of entertainment at the beautiful Gazebo on the lawn at Poland Spring Resort FREE! So bring your families and enjoy a great night of entertainment, every Monday night this summer at 6:30 PM. We have a long-standing tradition of providing a variety of local musical performers for our concert goers and we expect nothing less this year. For 2019, there will be some returning crowd favorites as well as some new and exciting musicians to…

  • Buildings & History

    Nettie Ricker Art Gallery

    There has been an art gallery in the Maine State Building since it was re-assembled on the grounds of the historic Poland Spring Resort. Even in Chicago the building had some spectacular art pieces by some well-known artists of the day including Scott Leighton and Harriston Bird Brown. Beginning in 1895, the Poland Spring Art Gallery housed some of the finest artists and for a mere hotel art gallery commanded a great deal of respect and was a sought after venue for many artists. Some of the artists included Walter Dean, D.D. Coombs. JAS Monks, Abbott Graves, Leon Dabo, Charles H. Woodbury and Nettie Ricker. The director of the gallery…

  • Buildings & History

    All Souls Chapel

    The story of the chapel begins in the 1880s, almost three decades before the first trowel of dirt was turned by toddler Garret A. Hobart III. The head waiter, Julius Gassauser, was a priest in training and he and members of the staff were desirous of a proper place to hold religious services. Although they had use of the music hall in the Poland Spring House or other places, they wanted something was dedicated to holding religious services for both Protestants and Catholics. The Ricker family agreed to the request and the staff began to fundraise. In 1896, Sadie Ricker, the fifth child of Hiram and Janette Bolster Ricker, began to…

  • Buildings & History

    Maine State Building

    The Maine State Building is a reminder of Maine’s industrial and economic past but is also representative of one of the great milestones in our country’s history. Constructed for the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893, the building was designed by Charles Sumner Frost to serve as the state’s entry to the fairgrounds. The design is categorized as Queen Anne’s style and is an amalgamation of several different architectural designs of the period. Constructed of granite from 11 different quarries throughout the state, slate from Monson and wood harvested and milled in the state, the building represented several of Maine’s most important natural resources. In Chicago, the building…

  • Buildings & History

    Poland Spring History

    The story of Poland Spring begins in the late eighteenth century when Jabez Ricker moved his family from Alfred Maine to Bakerstown, present day Poland. Jabez had owned land adjacent to the Shaker community in Alfred and when they pressed him to acquire his land, he relented and made the land swap. Shortly after the Ricker’s arrival in Bakerstown, some travelers knocked on the door looking for a place to stay. In 1794 the family began operating an inn on the property and by 1797 opened a brand new building – the Wentworth Ricker Inn. Thus the beginning of a tradition of operating an inn on the grounds that continues…

  • Events

    Heritage Day

    We have much to celebrate and are very happy that you are here to share in our heritage for our 10th annual Poland Spring Heritage Day! We have a great deal of activities and events throughout the day, many at minimal or no cost. Today’s proceeds benefit local charities and the Poland Spring Preservation Society. The Society maintains the Historic Maine State Building and All Souls Chapel through contributions and fundraising. We are extremely proud to continue our partnership with the Town of Poland and other entities in making this a community-wide event. As in the past we will have musical entertainment, kid’s games, historic tours and our new edition…

  • Events

    Fenn Ross Golf Tournament

    The Maine Heritage Scramble is played on the beautiful and challenging Poland Spring Golf Course, with views of the White Mountains and bordering lakes. Optional period attire, plentiful food, longest drive contests, and bagpipe music add to the experience. We believe Arthur Fenn and Donald Ross, Poland Spring’s golf course architects, would approve. As in the past, this year’s tournament proceeds will be used for the preservation of the Maine State Building and the All Souls Chapel. Because of the generosity of the Poland Spring Resort providing the golf course, carts and food for no cost, we are able to put more than 90% of the moneys received directly into…