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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 <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.

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? 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.

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Visitor Information

? Maine Office of Tourism

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

 
From the July 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine

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