Holt House Museum

History of the Holt House

The Holt House was built in 1815 by Jeremiah Thorndike Holt who is the grandson of Nicholas Holt who brought Blue Hill’s fifth family from Andover, Massachusetts in 1765. Jeremiah was one of the first to locate at the head of the bay in the area that is now the center of Blue Hill village. He was an influential businessman who kept a store, engaged in shipping, and became the town’s second postmaster.

After Jeremiah died in 1832, his widow turned the house into the town’s only inn and tavern. In 1851, their son, Thomas Jefferson Napoleon Bonaparte Holt and his family occupied the house. It stayed in the family for over a hundred years. 


The Blue Hill Historical Society was founded in 1902 for the purpose of preserving the heritage of the Town of Blue Hill, Maine, U.S.A. The  Society bought the Holt House and made it their headquarters in 1970. The Holt House contains period furniture and clothing, photographs, town records, and memorabilia from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Of special interest is the extensive costume collection,  our Children’s Room which is home to toys, clothing, dolls and games. 


In the 1990’s, the Society built the Carriage House just behind the main home which houses old tools, a sleigh, carriages and an interesting array of industrial tools and equipment from the 19th and 20th centuries as well as much of our archival documents.