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    Bath Churches

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Anthony Raymond desgined both churches here in 1843 and 1845. Winter St church is now a activity center for the town. It was renovated in 1971. The Chocolate Church is painted chocolate color with many caotings over the years. It is for touring 12-4 Tuesday-Saturdays. Used as an arts center when needed.

    Information of Winter Street Church View of Winter St church Chocolate church steeples View of the stepple and tower Orthodox mix on Washington St Chocolate church steeples View of the stepple and tower Orthodox mix on Washington St
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    Tomaston-Montpelier Mansion-more pics

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 28, 2008

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    Henry Knox had this home built in 1785. He died in 1806. His wife and children lived here until 1870's. Then the home closed and it ws in total disrepair. The DAR found the plans and rebuilt the home to original state in 1920. The one remaining son donated a lot of furniture, all of which is wonderful.

    View of home from sky Living room Main greeting hall-round shape Ornate Staircase
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    Wiscassett -Nickels/Sortwell Home and church

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 28, 2008

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    This town of 3,600 people has a lot to offer for solitude in the fall. Summer may get crowded with visitors going up and down the one and only main street. They are located at the quiet bay on Sheepscot River. It had been a shipbuilding and trade port until mid 1800's. NOw tourism and fresh seafood are the thing here.

    View of Nickels home Side view of Nicklels home Old church in town Town store
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    Old Orchard Beach

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 28, 2008

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    This is a town south of POrtland aobut 15 miles. It is a famous place for people to come during the summer for the beach activity. They also have an amusement park and other kid type things to do. The stretch along the ocean goes for at least 2 miles, and it packed. I cannot imagine myself being here in peak summer days, with the crowds and cars in line for miles.

    View of the expansive beach Main part of town at square View of places to stay along ocean View looking down the street View of the peaceful bay at the oceanfront
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    Camden Area Things to See

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 28, 2008

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    There are two primary tour sites with some history. The Owls Head transportation museum is at Owls Head; close to Rockland. It is opne 10-5 daily. Features are old cars and planes. The Old Conway house and gorunds has 5 builidings to tour besdies the home form 1770's. However, it may be closed. The visitor center said they are open 10-4 Tues-Sat. No one was there, though to open.
    Otherwise, take a walk around Camdne to see the old 1800's structures.

    Map of the area Brochure on Owls Head Entry to Conway House on Hwy 1-south of Camden View of church in Camden center
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    Camden-Rockport-Rockland

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 28, 2008

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    Established as a port town in 1700's, the town thrived as center for lumber and foundary. They used the Megunticook River for its fast running current. With the windown of the industries here, it changed over to a touring town, enticing visitors to see the mountains and stay in inns and B&B's while shopping. It worked, and many otur buses now come here.

    Masp of Camden Rockland area Rockport is small port town Map of Camden
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    Montpelier at Thomaston

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 28, 2008

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    The original home was built by Henry Knox, GEneral in Revolutionary War, in 1795. He died in 1806. They couple had 123 children, but only 3 lived to maturity at 20 years. Henry's wife came form the Waldo family, who owned 560,000 acres of land in the area. They were loyal to King George and went back to England at the War. They disowned the daughter. Siblings lived here until 1871. The home on the ocean side was in disrepair. Daughter of Revolution found the building plans and reconstructed to original state a new home in 1920. One son remaining left much of the family furnishings to the new home. It is elegant inside and worth a tour for $5. Times June 1st through mid October.

    Brochure of the home Arial photo of home main living room View from the road Elaborate staircase
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    Wiscassett Town

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 28, 2008

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    For a town of only 3,600, this is quaint and peaceful. They have some shops in the middle of town. the tours of the homes are also there. Along the Sheepscot River, it was a more important port for shipbuilding and commerce until early 1800's. It is well worth a stroll through the streets to take in the old time feel.

    Tour brochure of Nickel-Sortwel & CAstle Tucker Literature of Nickels-Sortwell Town shops on the square FAmed sicne 1938 to lobster rolls
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    Bath Maritime Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 28, 2008

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    The museum is is situated on 10 acres of land for touring and 25 acres on the water in total. It is open 9:30 -5 daily. Fee is $10. The main grounds features 5 buildings from the late 1800's depicting ship building. They also have tours Tues, Thurs and Sat to the Bath Iron Works-a trolley drive through due to security. They further offer sail cruises for one or tow hours on certain times for an additional $30-50.

    Lyout of the grounds Sign Monument Mast and emblem insdie museum
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    Bath

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 28, 2008

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    First settled in 1660, the town of now 6,000 people once thrived as a shipbuilding meca and commerce. They had build 5,000 ships form here over the years, and mid 1800's was the peak. Now still having some 500 people at the BAth Iron Works, they buld the Ageius destroyer for the Government.

    Brochure of the town Map layout of town Direction of town sites View of shops on main street Downtown street to City Hall
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    Kennebunkport and town

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 28, 2008

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    Kennebunk was the town before you get to Kennebunkport at the harobr water edge. I ws unimpressed with Kennebunkport because of all the visitors and tour buses unindating, or saturating the small place. Kennebunk seemed to be more quiet and had old style colonial homes to see.

    Map of the region Layout of the Kennbunk area Kennebunkport main square Colonial style home in Kennebunk
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    Berlin Wall in Portland

    by Jefie Written Sep 24, 2007

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    A small portion of the Berlin Wall was given to the city of Portland. It is located on Long Wharf, just off Commercial Street, near DiMillo's floating restaurant. Many thanks to VTer jne7299318 for pointing me in its direction!

    The Berlin Wall in Portland, Maine On the back of the Berlin Wall section
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    "Whale Wall" by Robert Wyland, OLD PORT.

    by ladyanne Updated Aug 3, 2005

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    Portland is the most diversified city you can find. It's wealth of the city life and it's waterfront port are truly charming.

    This is the "Whale Wall" painted in the 1980's by Robert Wyland. He painted murals like this at many seaports or Large lake cities all over the United States. Also another example of the great old stone buidlings in the background. This wall is opposite the entrance to the Casco Bay Ferry Lines.

    You must take time to take a trip out to the islands on the Casco Bay Ferry Lines at the end of Franklin St. and on Commerical St. Waterfront.

    Whale Wall at OLD PORT, Maine. Portland
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    Portland Public Pier...Waterfront, Old Port.

    by ladyanne Written Aug 2, 2005

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    The Public Pier on the waterfront of Portland, Maine is easy to miss....and it is a nice place to walk and take refuge from the heat of the city even on Merchent St. that runs along the waterfront. As soon as you go out on it, you can feel the cool ocean breeze if you are lucky to catch it coming off the water, and not from the mainland.

    The Pier is a place you can walk, sit, fish, ride bikes, rollerblade or skateboard. It is next to the Casco Bay Ferry Lines, so if you park in that area to do the OLD PORT, you should take a few minutes to explore the pier.

    The modern sculputures are interesting, and almost don't fit there....and yet they do.

    The ship building yard is not far....and the structures give the feel of iron works.

    My version of the Sculptures on Portland Pier.
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    Casco Bay Lines, Portland, Maine

    by ladyanne Updated Jul 6, 2005

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    You can have the best of both worlds when you drive down to the waterfront and find the Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal, which accomodates island residents of the Casco Bay Islands and tourist who want to enjoy a nice ferry ride to view the beautiful rugged coastline of these Maine Islands and the lobster fishing business.

    It takes about three hours for the full mail-run out to Cliff Island and back., other runs are shorter. You will have the opportunity to get off the boat at Cliff island for an ice cream cone or cup of hot coffee. But beware, you might not want to get back on the boat.

    This island is great. About 90 year round residents, and about 300 summer folk with seasonal cottages. They still have a one room school house. And have there own little post office.

    Ferry ride on Casco Bay, Maine
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