Hilary Bartlett talk about The Thistle Inn

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 11:00am

Story Location:
72 Oak Street
Boothbay Harbor  Maine  04538
United States

On Thursday, June 24, 4:30 p.m. at Boothbay Region Historical Society, author Hilary Bartlett will talk about the fascinating history of Boothbay Harbor’s Thistle Inn.

Built in 1861, the structure now known as The Thistle Inn was home over the next 100 years to sea captains, a sea-going engineer’s family, and the YMCA. In 1962 a Scotsman and his wife bought the property and converted it into a popular and lively Inn. Ms. Barrett’s presentation will cover the history of the Inn and include memorable stories about some of the regular and colorful patrons.

Hilary Bartlett was born and raised in Liverpool, England. When the Beatles first played at the Cavern Club, she was there. She studied microbiology at University College London where she earned her doctorate, and moved to Boothbay to work at Bigelow Laboratory. While at Bigelow in the 1970s, Hilary lived opposite the Thistle Inn where she was a frequent guest. She left Bigelow to pursue a career in art and is the owner of West Harbor Studio. “The Thistle Inn: A Wee Bit of Scotland in Maine” published in 2019 is Hilary Bartlett’s first book.

Admission is free, however reservations are required for both for attendance in person and for Zoom. To reserve a seat at BRHS for the talk please email us at brhsinperson@gmail.com and to request a Zoom link please email us at brhszoom@gmail.com.

Boothbay Region Historical Society is located at 72 Oak St., Boothbay Harbor, just across the street from The First National Bank parking lot. Admission is free. Due to Covid, BRHS is currently open to researchers by appointment only, Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information contact the museum at 633-0820, or email brhs@gwi.net.