The Maine Coast is full of history surrounding the early settlement of America. With its location close to Plymouth, many settlers came to the Southport and Boothbay Harbor areas in the 1600s. The Maine coast has a rich history of fishing and shipbuilding too. Visit some of the best historical attractions near Southport and the Boothbay region during your next vacation.
Hendricks Hill Museum
This museum is located in Southport near the Hendricks Head Preserve. The museum is only open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in July and August, so you should plan your trip accordingly if you want to visit this museum. The museum is located in The Cameron House that was built in the 1820s. The museum’s collection includes furnishings, photos, and art that show the way of life in Southport back in the 1800s. There’s also a boathouse on the property that showcases old boats, boat building tools and fishing photos that are important to the area’s history. If you’re looking into lodging for your trip, there’s a Maine coast hotel that’s just a five-minute drive from this museum.
Fort William Henry
Located on Pemaquid Beach, the fort was the largest in New England during the 1600s. This historical site is important to the colonial history and settlement of the area. The fort was actually destroyed in the late 1600s but was rebuilt in the early 1900s. You can visit the preserved stone structure today and the museum on the property that explains the colonial history and battles that took place at the site.
Boothbay Railway Village
This recreated village is home to historic buildings and antique cars that are important to Boothbay Harbor’s automotive and railway history. The best part about this attraction is you can ride a small 100-year-old locomotive between the buildings. The Railway Village houses artifacts that will interest everyone, even a collection of Ford Model Ts and antique salt and pepper shakers.
Burnt Island Lighthouse
Burnt Island Lighthouse was built in 1821 and is the oldest surviving lighthouse in Maine. The lighthouse is set up on a rocky shoreline on its own woodsy five-acre island. While the island is open every day, you can only go inside the lighthouse by appointment. You can also visit the lighthouse through a living lighthouse tour every summer. Visitors board a boat from Boothbay Harbor’s port and tour the island’s buildings as interpreters describe what life was like for a lighthouse keeper’s family.