Mid Coast region historic attractions add interest to your Maine getaway
2 Lee Street
In 1858, Captain Richard H. Tucker Jr., son of a wealthy shipping family, bought this mansion with its commanding view of the Sheepscot River for his bride. He purchased a houseful of furniture from Boston, updated the interiors, and added a three-story piazza overlooking the river. Today, Castle Tucker stands as a record of late Victorian life in one of Maine’s most beautiful villages.
Hours: June 1-October 15, Wednesday-Sunday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; tours every half hour.
Admission: Adults, $5; seniors, $4; students and children, $2.50.
Main Street and Public Landing
This historic collection of buildings and shops sits on the water, giving visitors a look at the New England coastal town of the 19th century. In addition to picnicking, walking, and relaxing, this waterfront park is the site of special events such as Arts in the Park and Belfast Summer Nights concerts.
Joshua Chamberlain House
Originally the home of the famous Civil War general Joshua Chamberlain, exhibits now feature the general, his family history, life and experiences during the war.
Hours: Memorial Day to Columbus Day, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
Admission Adults, $8.50; children age 6-16, $4.
US Route 1 and ME Route 131
A replica of the home of General Henry Knox, President George Washington's Secretary of War. Visitors will see a complete reconstruction of this home in its 18th century splendor.
Hours: May 25-October 14, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $8; children age 5-13, $4; family, $20
121 Main Street
This house recalls Wiscasset’s golden age, when wealth from shipbuilding and maritime trade built elegant mansions. After serving as a hotel during most of the 19th century, the house was restored by the Sortwell family, who purchased it in 1899. From the 1930s, Frances Sortwell carried on the family tradition of philanthropy and was one of Wiscasset’s most dynamic preservationists.
Hours: June 1-October 15, Friday-Sunday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; tours every half hour.
Admission: $5; seniors, $4; students and children, $2.50.
Olson House and Farm
Hathorne Point Road
Phone: 207-596-6457 ext. 104
A National Historic Landmark, this was the home of Alvaro and Christina Olson, the subject of one of Wyeth's most famous paintings. Wyeth created many paintings and drawings at the house from 1939 to 1968.
Season: The house is open late May to mid-October.
Hours: May-June, Wednesdays-Sundays, noon-5 p.m.; July 1-October 13, Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tours on the hour.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors and students, $8/
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
11 Glidden Street
This Episcopal Church was the first designed by reknowned architect Henry Vaughn, who later designed the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.