Maine Historic Sites

By Leslie Stroope Premium

? Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site

off Maine Route 130, in season: (207) 677-2423, off season: (207) 624-6080 <>: 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 < 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 <>: 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 <>: 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 <>: 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 <>: 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 <>: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, whose literary works include “Paul Revere’s Ride,” grew up in this home his grandfather built in 1786.


Visitor Information

? Maine Office of Tourism

59 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, (888) 624-6345 <>

From the July 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine

Get Your Free Essential Genealogy Research Forms

Sign up for the Family Tree Newsletter and receive 10 research forms as a special thank you!

Get Your Free Genealogy Forms

  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Find your American ancestors with State Research Guides for the Entire US!

Instantly download research guides for all 50 U.S. states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., for less than $1 each! Find new ideas and resources to research ancestors in each U.S. state.