Historically interesting places
On Sabbathday Lake is Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, the last active shaker
community that had only three members in 2009. The shaker community was founded
on Sabbathday Lake either in 1782, 1783 or 1793 when the shaker movement coming
from England celebrated its peak in the USA. Today you can still visit the
Shaker meeting house, which was built in 1794. Together with the entire property
on Sabbathday Lake, it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974.
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||707 Shaker Road
New Gloucester, Maine 04260
Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Brunswick
Harriet Beecher Stowe was an American writer and opponent of slavery. She is
still known worldwide for her novel "Uncle Tom's Hut", in which she tries to
fight against slavery. The Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Brunswick lived in
them from 1850-1852, which also included the creation of the novel.
The house has been a National Historic Landmark since 1962 and was added to the
National Register of Historic Places in 1966. Today the property belongs to
Bowdoin College and is not open to the public.
McLellan-Sweat Mansion in Portland
The McLellan-Sweat Mansion or McLellan-Sweat House is a museum of a historic
house in Portland. It forms part of the Portland Art Museum complex.
The villa, built between 1800 and 1801 for Major Hugh McLellan, was declared a
National Historic Landmark in 1970.
||111 High Street
The Portland Observatory, built in Portland in 1807, is the last preserved
timber-framed maritime lighthouse in the United States. Since the port of
Portland is very deep, it was important when building the tower that it was
recognizable both from the open sea and from the quays. This gives visitors a
wonderful view of Portland and its harbor today. Today the tower belongs to the
non-profit organization "Greater Portland Landmarks" and it is possible to take
part in guided tours with a subsequent discussion. The tower has been a National
Historic Landmark since 2006.
||138 Congress Street
Special buildings and structures
State House in Augusta
The Maine State House in Augusta is the state capitol of Maine and was
opened in 1832, a year after Augusta was named the capital of Maine. The style
of the building is modeled on the Massachusetts State House and is made of
granite from Maine. It is still the seat of the state government today. South of
the Maine State House, the Maine State Library, the Maine State Museum and the
Maine State Archives are located in new buildings.
||286 Water Street
Wadsworth-Longfellow-House in Portland
The Wadsworth-Longfellow-House in Portland is a historic building and
houses a museum that illustrates life in Portland in the 19th century. It is the
oldest standing house on the Portland peninsula and at the same time the house
in which the famous writer Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow grew up. The house has
been on the list of National Historic Landmarks since 1962. It is open to
visitors every day.
||489 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101
http: // www.mainehistory.org/house_overview.shtml
Portland Head Light at Cape Elizabeth
Portland Head Light is the oldest lighthouse in Maine. It is located
near the city of Cape Elizabeth on the coast of Fort Williams Park. The
lighthouse was built from 1787 on the initiative of George Washington and was
completed in 1791. The historic lighthouse is open to visitors and the Portland
Head Light Museum is also on site.
||1000 Shore Road
Cape Elizabeth, Maine 04107
Fort Halifax was a base on the Kennebec River in the colonial United States. It
was built between 1754 and 1755 at the beginning of the French and Indian wars.
The still preserved log house is the oldest in the USA. Today it is considered a
National Historical Landmark. The building is open to visitors once a year on
||Augusta Road Route 201
Winslow, Maine 04901