Planning is underway for the opening of the Patten Lumbermen’s Museum the opening of the Museum in it’s 61th year on Friday, May 27th, 2024 of Memorial Day week-end. As we are open on all Monday holidays, including May 27th, Memorial Day, September 2th, Labor Day and October 14th, Columbus Day/Indigenous People Day. Please check back often for any changes to the schedule which might occur and follow the Patten Museum page on Facebook.
2024 Tentative Schedule
Opening for the 61th season
Fiddlers and Fiddlehead Festival: Saturday, May 18th – 11:00-4:00
Father’s Day- Free admission for Fathers: Sunday, June 16th – 10:00-4:00
Annual Bean Hole Bean Dinner: Saturday, August 10th, 11:00-3:00
Open for Visitors:
May 24, 25, 26, 27th and the 31st 10:00-4:00
June 1st-30th, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 10:00-4:00
July 2nd through October 14th: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Closed Mondays except Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day/Indigenous People Day
Fiddlers and Fiddlehead Fest
Annual Bean Hole Bean Dinner
Preparations for the Bean Dinner: Friday, August 9, 2023
Come by the Museum at noon Friday, August 9th, 2024 to watch the process of preparing the pots of beans for the bean Dinner. The men will be build the fires in the bean holes, hang the pots of beans over the fire to parboil, season the beans and finally place them on the bed of coals and cover them for their overnight baking.
Annual Bean Hole Bean Dinner: Saturday August 10th: 11:00-3:00
Always the second Saturday in August
Bean-hole baked beans like the river drivers used to do it
Maine’s own “red” hot dogs
Maine’s “Bake-well Cream” Biscuits made and baked by the open fire
Gingerbread made by our own local ladies
Coffee boiled over the open fire- yes, if you wait til the end of the day, you can stand a spoon up in it!
Wagon rides with John and Linda Boyce, Champ, and Cherry
Blacksmithing demonstrations- try your hand at it!
Wood turning demonstrations- watch a bowl be “turned” from a burl off a tree
Meet Authors such as Randy Probert- author of many books depicting his stories of his days as a local game warden
Monday, October 9, 2023
Patten Lumbermen’s Museum closes for the season!
Board of Directors Meetings: 1st Thursday of each month 6:00pm
Thursday, December 3, 2021
5:00-7:00 Annual Pot Luck Dinner
Bring a dish and join us! Corporate Board Meeting to Follow.