One of northern New England's earliest communities, rich in archeological history, Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site is a place not to be missed during a visit to Midcoast Maine. Bureau of Parks and Lands staff host interpretive tours, and teach visitors about the native people who camped on this once-remote peninsula that evolved into a rough, frontier settlement dating back to the mid-1620s. Children enjoy a trip to the museum that houses artifacts unearthed from the grounds. Exotic china patterns, a 400 year old trunk, a rare, German Bellarmine jug and various tools of the day are on display to paint a picture of what life in the village was like.
After touring the grounds, explore Fort William Henry and don't miss the view from the roof. As you spy through the telescope, imagine what it was like in the 17th century, guarding the waters to the Pemaquid River and beyond. Visitors can drop a line off the local dock as they fish or dine at the local restaurant. Repairs of the dock and Fort William Henry's roof were made possible by the funds from Conservation loon license plates.
The Fort House was built in the last quarter of the 18th Century by Alexander Nickels Jr., the son of Fort Frederick's last commander. Today the first floor of this building is open to the public. Inside you will find the period room or parlor which is decorated similar to how it may have been in the early 1800's, a library, exhibit room and archaeological laboratory. The Fort House was renovated through the efforts of the Friends of Colonial Pemaquid.
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