Harriet Bird Clubhouse


Donated to the Town of Newcastle in 1975, the Harriet G Bird Clubhouse and Playground was built by Pauline Fenno to honor her neighbor, Harriet Gertrude Bird. The Clubhouse is situated on Harriet's meadow and spans six acres in the heart of Sheepscot Village. When originally constructed, the property included a pony ring where the pony club met, sandbox, two tennis courts, and a baseball diamond. Now, the Playground is home to a basketball court and large, grassy areas for running around and exploring. Many community members have devoted countless hours to ensure the property's wellbeing, including Edna Verney. Edna had served on the Clubhouse Committee since the mid-1970s and up until her passing in December 2023. The Clubhouse and Playground has hosted a variety of groups and events including: Sheepscot Community Church groups, community festivals, a preschool, school activities and fundraisers, sports leagues, community dinners, birthday and retirement parties, and a variety of classes. The Clubhouse Committee has played a pivotal role in ensuring the property continues to thrive through fundraising for building repairs, renovations to the Clubhouse's kitchen and cellar, and additions for the playground area. The Clubhouse Committee has seen many iterations over the nearly 50 years of existence, but it continues work to be a place for community gatherings, celebrations, and learning. 

Community Club House available for events such as:

  • Meetings
  • Holiday Parties
  • Fundraising Suppers
  • Yard Sales
  • Birthday Parties
  • Bridal Showers
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Family Gatherings

The Harriet Gertrude Bird Clubhouse has the capacity to hold approximately 50 people with tables and chairs. It has a completely furnished kitchen. The building is fully heated and lavatories are available both indoor and outdoor. NOTE: This is a seasonal venue.

To request the rental use of the Harriet G. Bird Clubhouse and Playground, please complete this Google Form. Town Staff will confirm your rental request with the contact information provided on the form. If you have trouble completing the form, please call the Town Office or come in to complete a paper application. 

Rental rates start at $75. A $125 cleaning deposit will be required; the deposit will be returned upon confirmation of a cleaned space following use.