Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum (RLRLM) is the premiere destination in the area that offers educational and enjoyable activities for all. Located on Route 16, just one mile outside the village of Rangeley, visitors will step into a forgotten world of what life truly was like in the woods for the Maine renaissance logger.
Today, the Museum is home to a remarkable collection of logging equipment ranging from vintage chainsaws to sleds, including one of the last bateaux used on the Dead River drives. Also on display are the chainsaw carvings of famed local artist, Rodney Richard, (forefront founder of RLRLM) and son, Rodney Richard Jr.; oil paintings by Alden Grant, grandson of the founder of Grant’s Kennebago Camps that depict life in the logging camps from 1915 to 1928; David Barten’s “Dioramas” exhibit; acclaimed photographer Madeleine de Sinety’s black and white “Uphill” photograph that depicts how draft horses were used in the deep woods to harvest timber – and much, much more.
Enjoy an outdoor family picnic at our covered Pavilion after a hike on our 72-acre trail system that leads to another picnic area on the shore of Haley Pond. Our trails border the Gull Pond Stream and connect to the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. This acreage would not be part of RLRLM if it were not for the generous contribution of 61 acres by 3rd & 4th generation woodsmen; Adrian, Luke & Guy Brochu, owners of Pleasant River Lumber in Dover-Foxcroft.
This summer, we open our doors full-time for the third year on June 18th, 5 days a week, Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm in order to accommodate our many visitors. Our doors would not continue to be open if it were not for the generous contributions by many individuals and businesses that continue to support RLRLM through our “Open Door” Campaign. As Luke Brochu quoted nearly 10 years ago, “The heritage and culture of the logging industry must be maintained to preserve our Maine communities. If we lose that, we’re going to lose a piece of Maine that we’ll never be able to get back again.” RLRLM will continue onwards with our Mission – “to educate, preserve and share the logging heritage and industry for generations to come.”
Five major expansion and renovation projects are in the works to be completed by RLRLM this 2014 season. Ken Astor, RLRLM President has personally invested $10,000 to our “Renaissance Plan” to kick off this Campaign. Ken has personally set the bar for individuals and businesses to wisely invest their money, ensuring Maine’s Logging Industry and History is preserved at the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum for our future generations.
Our 2014 season includes six major RLRLM events, with a newly added one slated for August. Events include; RLRLM’s Annual Auction held on the 5th of July; 18th; Annual Knit & Craft Fair on July 12th with a performance by storytellers from the Western Maine Storytellers Guild; 34th Annual Logging Festival and Parade on July 25 & 26; newly added event -“RLRLM’s Trails & Sales Festival” to be held on the 23rd of August at the fairgrounds with 100 vendors showcasing their wares; and our 20th Annual Apple Harvest Festival held on the 4th of October.
RLRLM grounds are now available to rent for your wedding, reunion and civic organization events. Features include a covered pavilion with picnic tables, electricity, lighting, a performance stage, and stadium benches, plenty of camping space to accommodate a large crowd, RVs, campers and more. Please contact us with your rental inquiries. 207-864-3939 or visit our website at www.rlrlm.org
We look forward to seeing you at our events this coming season!