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.

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 Pete Lamontagne 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 Pete Lamontagne at biddefordmillsmuseum@gmail.com or Jeff Cabral at jcabral@mcarthur.lib.me.us.

Mills' past, present featured on tours


Read the article written by the
Journal Tribune, August 2012

Historic Tours

2018 Tour Schedule for Biddeford Mills Museum

The historic tour season for 2017 has now concluded. Our tours run during the summer, and our 2018 schedule will be announced in the spring of 2018.

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

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).

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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