ELLSWORTH -¬† The Telephone Museum in Ellsworth will hold its annual open house event. Designated “Family Day”, the museum will be open free of charge between 1:00 and 4:00pm on Saturday, August 14th.¬† Although tours will not be offered during this day, visitors will be able to work with switchboards, dial phones, and hand-crank magneto phones. Also on view are large displays of electro-mechanical switching systems.
The Telephone Museum traces the progress of telecommunications from the patent obtained by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 to the present. Highlighted are inventions and improvements to telephone switching equipment prior to the advent of digital switching, and telephone sets that pre-date the cell phone. Many exhibits feature equipment that once served towns in Maine and other areas of New England. The job of the switchboard operator, lineman and central office repairman are discussed.
The museum’s regular hours are 1-4pm, Thursday through Sunday during the months of July, August and September, or by appointment. Except for Family Day, which is free to the public, admission is $5. for adults and $2.50 for children. The museum offers ample parking, a picnic area and a gift shop. It is located at 166 Winkumpaugh Road, 1 mile off Rt. 1A in North Ellsworth. For more information, visit: www.thetelephonemuseum.org or call 667-9491.
Contact Name: Sandra Galley
Telephone Number: (207)667-9491