The Kittery Historical Museum focuses on the history of the oldest town in Maine as well as its naval heritage. Kittery was incorporated in 1647, and the settlers from England ranged from merchants, fisherman, and builders. During its shipbuilding phase in the colonial period, the USS Ranger–the first ship to fly the US flag in battle–was built here. In 1800, the first Federal shipyard in the United States was established. Opened in 1977, the museum’s collection showcases the rich past of Kittery including artifacts from the town’s maritime and military heritage. Some of the museum’s exhibits consist of shipbuilding displays, John Haley Bellamy carvings, and archeological finds.