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Mid Coast region historic attractions add interest to your Maine getaway


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Olson House and Farm

Hathorne Point Road Cushing, ME Phone: 207-596-6457

A National Historic Landmark, this was the home of Alvaro and Christina Olson, the subject of one of artist Andrew Wyeth's most famous paintings, Christina's World." Wyeth created many paintings and drawings at the house, a classic Maine saltwater farm, from 1939 to 1968. Visitors may stroll through the rooms Wyeth painted and spent time with his friends. Wyeth is buried here.
Season: The house is open late May to mid-October.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors and students, $8
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Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site (Fort William Henry)

2 Colonial Pemaquid Drive New Harbor, ME Phone: 207-677-2423

One of northern New England's earliest communities, rich in archeological history, Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site is staffed by people who lead interpretive tours and teach visitors about the native people who camped on this once-remote peninsula that evolved into a rough, frontier settlement in the mid-1620s. The museum that houses artifacts unearthed from the grounds.
The property has beaches, motor boating, fishing, sea kayaking, a self-guided walking trail, food service, a picnic area, and a trilered boat launch. This historic site includes Fort William Henry; a burying ground from the 1700s; a museum with exhibits from ancient Native American life through the colonial period; and a gift shop.
Hours: Memorial Day to Labor Day; daily; 9 a.m. to sunset. Fee charged. During the off season, Visitors may park outside the gate and walk in during the same hours. Facilities are closed during the off season.
Penobscot Narrows Observatory -credit-Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
Fort Knox and Penobscot Narrows Observatory

740 Fort Knox Road Prospect, ME Phone: 207-469-6553

Historic fort adjacent to bridge and 420-foot-tall observatory overlooking Penobscot River Valley

This historic fort on the Penobscot Narrows is well-preserved with underground tunnels, batteries and more. Provides access to the Penobscot Bridge Observatory. http://www.visit-maine.com/state-and-local-parks#mid-coast
Nickels-Sortwell House

121 Main Street Wiscasset, ME Phone: 207-882-7169

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.
Information: http://bit.ly/ZEEgu4
Heritage Park

Main Street and Public Landing Belfast, ME Phone: 207-338-3370

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.
Information: http://bit.ly/11fdk28
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

11 Glidden Street Newcastle, ME Phone: 207-563-3533

This Episcopal Church was the first designed by reknowned architect Henry Vaughn, who later designed the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.
Information: www.standrewsnewcastle.org/
Castle Tucker

2 Lee Street Wiscasset, ME Phone: 207-882-7169

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.
Information: http://bit.ly/ZIBMrt
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.
Information: http://pejepscothistorical.org/chamberlain
Montpelier

US Route 1 and ME Route 131 Thomaston, ME Phone:

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
Information: http://knoxmuseum.org