Welcome to BHPS

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bayside and its Historic District consist of over 150 cottages and several parks along Penobscot Bay in Northport, ME. The property was established in 1848 as the Northport Wesleyan Grove Camp Meeting grounds and served as a place of summertime worship and communion for members of some two-dozen area Methodist churches. By the early 20th century, the area had become known as Bayside, reflecting its growing evolution into a popular vacation destination. Steamships regularly arrived at the wharf, bringing with them rusticators from Boston and beyond. Today, Bayside survives as the largest camp meeting ground to have been developed in Maine, as home to some of the finest examples of coastal Victorian era cottages in the state, and as a vibrant summer community.

The Bayside Historical Preservation Society (BHPS) was founded in 1995 and exists to celebrate the village’s rich history and preserve it for future generations. A top priority of BHPS is the preservation of historic artifacts and information associated with Bayside. The community room in Bayside’s Community Hall and the Shady Grove Museum serve as the primary locations for storing and displaying BHPS collections once they are cataloged.

We welcome your interest in Bayside and invite you to explore this special place through the many resources available on our website; by a visit to our museum, Shady Grove; or through participation in one of our many exciting summer events.