Owners of homes built before 1970, or those built on historic sites, are invited to take part in the Historic Sign Program at the Brick Store Museum.
The Kennebunks and York County are especially populated with homes preserved over a century or more. Taking part in the Historic Sign Program means you are highlighting your home as an historic structure and preserving its history for generations to come.
Here is our Historic Sign Program brochure.
Step One: Contact the Museum at (207)985-4802, or email [email protected] We can tell you what information is needed to date and (potentially) name your home. Much of this information can either be found through Deed Research in Alfred, or via the Museum’s archives (or your local historical institution outside of the Kennebunks).
Step Two: Verify your Research with the Museum. Ask for a Sign application, and fill out the information required.
Step Three: Order your sign!
Step Four: Hang your sign proudly and celebrate the history of your home.
If you live within Kennebunk’s Historic District:
For those who live in Kennebunk’s Historic District, the Brick Store Museum applied for and received blanket approval from the Historic District Commission of Kennebunk for the Historic Sign Program. You do NOT need to seek individual approval to hang your sign. We are happy to partner with the Historic Commission to provide blanket approval for sign placement.
Can the Museum do house research for me?
Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to be able to do full research here. However, we will be more than happy to give suggestions and help with questions along the way.
Do I need a permit to hang this sign?
Since you are installing a date sign, most towns do not require any permit. However, it’s always a good idea to check with your Town Hall. Kennebunk, for instance, does not require a permit.
Where should I place my sign?
Make sure to secure your sign on a space that makes sense for your house. Most people install them to the right or left of the front door, or on the right or left corner of their home’s façade.
“Brick Store Museum” is flat painted in white lettering on each sign. Signs are crafted locally in Biddeford Pool by Gepetto Signs.