January 30, 2023


Campobello Public Library & Museum

Campobello Public Library & Museum

The Campobello Public Library and Museum was founded in 1887 and is a Heritage to the History and Culture of Campobello Island.

Standing stately on it’s original location in the quiet village of Welshpool and looking out over the pristeen waters of Friars Bay, bathed in history , it provides an entryway to memories of bygone days and is a must to visit, while on Campobello.

The Campobello Public Library & Museum was constructed in 1898 and the room presently used for Museum – Art Gallery was added in 1899. With the help of an Island Centennial Project a Children’s Room was also added in 1967. 

During the years from 1982 through 1989 the Campobello Public Library & Museum was lovingly restored by the people of Campobello Island. The Library joined the regional system in 1974. 

On a visit to the library you can browse through the many links to the past, such as the “Owen Carriage” or the dinning room table, once owned and used by Captain William Fitzwilliam Owen, the son of the Welsh Captain who was granted the island in 1769. He built the Owen House in 1835, now a Bed & Breakfast. The Owen family ran the island of Campobello as a feudal estate for nearly a century. 

Owen House Bed & Breakfast Campobello Island
Owen House Bed & Breakfast Campobello Island

The pictures and paintings, clothing and much more in the library will transport you back into the early history of Campobello.

Library Board Members have included Franklin D. Roosevelt, Board member 1916, and Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. Honorary Board member 1982.

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