North Bridgton Bookworm  LbNA # 54884

Placed DateJun 2 2011
LocationNorth Bridgton, ME
Found By Sojourner
Last Found Aug 6 2013
Hike Distance?

From downtown Bridgton you will take Hwy. 117 north. You will drive for about 5 minutes, but while doing so be sure to look to your left for a nice view of Shawnee Peak ski mountain. Soon you will see a sign for Hwy 37, also called North Bridgton Rd. on your left. Take Hwy 37 and you will be in historic North Bridgton Village.

On your left will be the Bridgton Academy. When the local citizens of North Bridgton petitioned the General Court of Massachusetts to incorporate Bridgton Academy in 1808, they were nothing if not ambitious. During the past 200 years, their vision has endured a history of transformation, just as its students experience during their tenure here, from a public/private, coeducational secondary school in 1808, to a boys' boarding school in 1958, to an independent prep school primarily for postgraduate young men in 1964; however, Bridgton Academy's mission has remained the same: to provide a program to prepare students for the competitive rigors of college and beyond. Today, Bridgton Academy attracts young men who need to develop the academic skills, study skills, self-discipline, and self-confidence necessary to succeed in college and in life. There are approximately 185 current students and 6,000 alumni. Its reputation as the premier college preparatory school for postgraduate young men has been created by the achievements and success of its alumni and, as a result, Bridgton Academy is very much alive and well, poised to begin its third century.

On your right will be the North Bridgton Post Office. Once you pass the post office start looking for a place where a bookworm might hang out. You can park on the sidewalk, get out and look directly at the building. Go around to the left side of the stairs, look for a hole in the lattice, reach in and find your letterbox. If you are there during operating hours please go in to say hello to the librarian, Heather. She may have an extra stamp for you. If you have your dog with you, bring the pooch in for a treat, its not only bookworm friendly but dog friendly too. The history of this wonderful organization dates back to 1875 when 64 people met in individual homes to draw up a constitution and started penny collections for books and charged 25 cents for dues. They continued to run privately until 1903. There are many historical photos and newspaper records, so go inside and take a look.
Operating hours are Monday 10am-1pm, Thursday 1pm-5pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.