? Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site
off Maine Route 130, in season: (207) 677-2423, off season: (207) 624-6080 <www.state.me.us/doc/parks/programs/history/pemaquid/greeting.htm>: The remnants of American Indian and Colonial-era settlements on this once-remote peninsula include a fort house, artifacts and burial grounds. Visit museum exhibits inside the reconstructed Fort William Henry.
? Fort Halifax Blockhouse
106 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401, (207) 941-4014 <www.state.rne.us/doc/parks/ programs/history/forthalifax>: Visit the remains of the nation’s oldest blockhouse, a fort English settlers finished 1755 to ward off French and Indian attacks. Workers salvaged and painstakingly reassembled it after a 1987 flood.
? Katahdin Iron Works State Historic Site
K I Road, Brownville, ME 04414, (207) 941-4014 <www.maine.gov/doc/parks/programs/history/kiw/history.htm>: Gorges and ancient white pines surround the skeletons ofa blast furnace and charcoal kiln, which lit up the skies from 1843 to 1890.
? Maine Maritime Museum
243 Washington St., Bath, ME 04530, (207) 443-1316 <www.mainemaritimemuseum.org>: Ten acres of historic buildings and exhibits, including a life-size sculpture of a six-masted schooner, detail Maine’s seafaring past.
? The Mayall Mills
Mayall and Megquier roads, Gray, ME 04039, (207) 778-8231 <www.state.me.us/doc/parks/programs/history/mayallmill>: In 1791, Samuel Mayall established North America’s first successful water-powered woolen mill, despite booby-trapped “gifts” from British competitors intent on his demise.
? Mount Desert Island Historical Society
2 Oak Hill Road, Mount Desert, ME 04660, (207) 276-9323 <mdihistory.org>: Two museums open each summer with artifacts, photos and archival collections back to 1761. Call for a research appointment.
? Wadsworth-Longfellow House
489 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101, (207) 774-1822 <www.hwlongfellow.org>: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, whose literary works include “Paul Revere’s Ride,” grew up in this home his grandfather built in 1786.
? Maine Office of Tourism
59 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, (888) 624-6345 <www.visitmaine.com>