Pemaquid is a coastal town rich in colonial history and (oh yes!) delicious lobster. Explore the forts, break for dinner & admire the lighthouse at sunset.
Pemaquid, just a 20-minute drive from Wiscasset and about 60 miles northeast of Portland, is a storybook coastal town rich in colonial history and home to a beautiful lighthouse and delicious lobster.
On the drive into Pemaquid, stop at Good Supply, a home goods store and gallery featuring locally made items in a 19th-century barn. During our visit the store was hosting “A Retrospective of Houston Dodge Miniatures,” an exhibit of miniature 17th and 18th century model architecture built by a local 97-year-old woodworker who learned the craft from nearby Damariscotta shipbuilders. Dodge, who is known in the area for his woodworking expertise, also contributed to the remodeling of the barn. There are plans for more art exhibits this summer and it’s worth stopping by to check out the curios and play with the store’s resident puppy, G. What else you’ll find: Locally made items from wooden spoons to cribbage boards, ceramics and drinking glasses to jewelry and stationary.
Good Supply is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday | www.thegoodsupply.org
The Nature Conservancy’s Salt Pond Preserve on Rte.132 in neighboring New Harbor is where Rachel Carson gathered material for her book “The Edge of the Sea.” The pond, which was purchased by the Maine chapter of the Nature Conservancy in 1950, was dedicated to Carson in 1970. Be sure to check the tides before you go, as the best time to visit is at low tide, when water levels have rescinded enough that a small salt water pond forms with a rock jetty separating the ocean from the pond and revealing the ocean floor.
www.nature.org| Free | Get directions
A series of three forts built by the British as strongholds against the French and Native Americans were at varying times located in Pemaquid, the frontier of the colonial Massachusetts colony. It is believed that Fort Frederick was dismantled by the town of Bristol so it could not be used by the British in the American Revolution, but the state has reconstructed one of the old fort towers and the grounds are also home to a small museum and a colonial house belonging to one of the fort’s last commanders.
The grounds are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October; the fort and museum are closed in the off season although visitors are allowed into the grounds free of charge | Admission is $1 Maine residents, free for Maine residents over age 65, $3 non-Maine residents, $1 non-Maine residents over 65, free for all 12 and under | www.friendsofcolonialpemaquid.org
The Pemaquid Lobster Co-Op is one of the oldest continually operating lobster co-ops in America. Located off Pemaquid Harbor Road, it overlooks Fort Henry and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. On the menu are chowders, clams, scallops, shrimp and haddock, as well as steamed lobster and a mayo or butter lobster roll served with chips on a hefty roll. Diners are invited to pack their own picnic to accompany their lobster, although sides such as corn on the cob, cole slaw and green salad are available. It is also dog friendly and BYOB, so stop at one of the local grocery stores on your way.
Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, June 14- Sept. 2 | Prices: Appetizers range from $1.95 – $4.95; chowders $4.95- $6.95/cup, $6.95-$10.95/bowl; seafood baskets $11.95- $18.95; non-seafood items such as hot dogs, chicken temders, $4.95- $7.95; lobster roll, $17.95; steamed lobster at market price. Credit cards accepted | www.pemaquidlobstercoop.com
This 1827 lighthouse was commissioned by President John Quincy Adams. Its popularity allowed it to be chosen by the people of Maine for feature on the state quarter in the 50 State Quarters Program in 2003.
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is located in Pemaquid Lighthouse Park | $2 per person; children under 11 are free | http://www.bristolparks.org/lighthouse.htm
Get out of dodge (at least for a little while) with a mini adventure. These excursions can be done in a day – sometimes an afternoon – and will hopefully lead you to places you’ve never been. This is Maine, after all, and we all need some adventuring.