Westbrook Historical Society

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In 1962 local musician and businessman, Al Hawkes, built a 13-foot mechanical ‘Walking Man’ sign to advertise his TV repair business. The sign was located beside his shop at 1274 Bridgton Road in the Duck Pond neighborhood of Westbrook. It was one of the first mechanical, moving signs in the state.

For many years the sign, with swinging arm and tool box, was a welcome sight for anyone driving to or from Portland on Bridgton Road (also known as Roosevelt Trail or US 302S).  The swinging arms have been silent for many years but the sign is still considered a local landmark. In 2014, a group of Duck Pond residents and Westbrook Historical Society members started a drive to preserve the sign and to have it designated as an historic landmark. 

Mike Sanphy (President of the Historical Society and City Mayor) and Society members Martha Brackett, Ken Moody, Phil Spiller, and Deb Shangraw began working to gain federal status for the sign in 2014.  That work paid off recently when the sign was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places, adding local pride to Duck Pond Corner where it has been situated for 57 years and to the City of Westbrook.

Job well done!


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The Society will open at special times, on request.....
for special group meetings or just for research. Send e-mail
to info@westbrookhistoricalsociety.org to set up times

*****VISIT US*****
Our home at 426 Bridge Street
(old Westbrook Junior High School)

The purpose of the Westbrook Historical Society is to bring together those people interested in the history of Westbrook, Maine and to discover, collect, and preserve any materials and objects that establish and illustrate the history of the area.

The members of the Society are the stewards of the heritage of our city. Westbrook has an exceedingly rich and diverse history, richer than most. We don't want any of it to be lost or forgotten, and with these motives we have become central to its preservation. In fact, our motto is, "A Society That Preserves the Past." We do that as surrogates for everyone in Westbrook and, in a very true civic sense, for the city itself.

Please explore our site: visit our Collections and research materials; attend the Programs we offer; enjoy our Activities where you can see our Interesting Photo of the Month.

For Membership Information, click HERE
For House Survey Information, click HERE


The Westbrook Historical Society is housed at the Westbrook Community Center, 426 Bridge Street
Entrance on right side of building

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