Cultural and Historic Qualities

Coastal Villages (Milbridge to East Machias)

  • Town of Cherryfield Historic District: An area of approximately 75 acres spanning the Narraguagus River, this National Historic District contains substantially intact residential and commercial buildings depicting the nineteenth century development of a riverside community.  There are 52 contributing and 10 non-contributing buildings in the district.
  • Worcester Wreath Company: A family owned company, and leader of a key byway industry, that sustainably manages its local 4,000 acres balsam fir forest and produces wreaths, centerpieces, and Christmas trees.
  • Lynch Hill Farm: A family-owned cranberry farm and farm store.
  • Wreaths Across America Museum:  A museum showcasing hundreds of US military items, intended to provide insight into and tell the stories of US military personnel, as well as documenting the history of Wreaths Across America, an organization that, in part, donates wreaths from Worcester Wreath Company for military graves.
  • Historic Ruggles House: A museum showcasing Federal design and Adam ornament, including a flying staircase, and original furniture.  The home was completed in 1820 for Judge Thomas Ruggles, a wealthy lumber dealer.
  • Wild Blueberry Land: A landmark blueberry-shaped business offering fresh-baked pies with berries from the family farm, and providing information about the history and culture of blueberry farming.
  • Wild Wescogus Blueberry Farm: A 220-acre expanse of family owned-and operated wild blueberry barrens. “Wescogus,” is a Passamaquoddy word meaning “above the water.” Tours are available during the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival.
  • Nellie Chapin Marker: Located at the base of the Jonesport/Beals bridge, this marker memorializes the historic attempt by Jonesporters to move to the town of Jaffa in Palestine, with the stated purpose of awaiting the second coming of Christ and reclaiming the Holy Land, while also creating a profitable colony.
  • Jonesport Shipyard: Manufacturer of the Jonesport Peapod, modeled after a century-old wooden rowing/sailing boat traditionally used for lobstering and carrying people and supplies along the coast.
  • Maine Coast Sardine History Museum:  A small museum dedicated to preserving the history of the Maine Sardine Industry.  Exhibits include hundreds of photographs, original cans, labels, packaging, crates, letterheads, and billheads, and original fishing, processing, and canning equipment.  The museum covers the entire process from fishing and processing to canning and shipping.
  • Hubbard Rake Company:  Manufacturer of the classic hand-held blueberry rake critical to the local blueberry harvesting industry, and innovator of the 5-foot harvester as well as the miniature backpacker’s rake. Ike Hubbard welcomes folks to talk shop and maybe rake some blueberries.
  • Garden Side Dairy @ Hatch Knoll Farm:  A family dairy goat and vegetable farm offering classes in soap and cheese making, farming, and preserving.
  • Welch Family Farm: The Hanscom family offers educational and historic tour about blueberry farming during the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival.
  • Burnham Tavern: A National Historic Site and one of 21 homes in the United States designated as most significant to the American Revolution.  Once a tavern, now a museum of the site of the First Naval Battle of the American Revolution.
  • Fort O’Brien State Historic Site:  Also known as “Fort Machias’, preserves the remains of a fort that was originally built in 1775 to protect Machias Bay, and destroyed and rebuilt three times over a 90 year period.
  • Gates House Museum:  Built in 1810, the Nathan Gates House is home to the Machiasport Historical Society.  The museum contains an extensive collection of old photographs, period furniture, housewares and other memorabilia.  There is also a genealogical library.

The Bold Coast (East Machias to Lubec)

  • East Machias Aquatic Research Center:  a research and community outreach facility on the East Machias River that includes a fish hatchery, a flow-through fresh water experimental facility, a state certified water quality testing laboratory, a Technical Resources Center, and a small Historic Museum/Education Center.
  • East Machias Historic District: Thirty-two buildings on 630 acres include religious buildings, educational structures and homes in East Machias. The district is located on High, Water and Bridge Streets.
  • Little River Lighthouse: A historic lighthouse where visitors can spend the day enjoying the island, host an event, or even spend the night!
  • McCurdy’s Smokehouse: A complex of buildings once used to smoke herring, now serving as a museum to the cultural and economic significance of the smoking and canning industry.
  • Tours of Lubec and Cobscook: A nonprofit group that strives to promote and protect the historical, cultural, ecological and economic environment of the Lubec area through environmentally sound tourism. Learn about this beautiful and unusual region through guided historic and environmental tours, or download their self-guided recordings. Tour packages contain a narrated MP3 audio tour, map, and photo package.
  • S. Peacock Fire Museum: Home of the 1865 hand-propelled pumper tub “Torrent”, and other historic fire-fighting equipment.
  • Roosevelt Campobello International Park in New Brunswick:  An international park featuring President and Eleanor Roosevelt’s summer home and celebrating the friendship between Canada and the United States.  The park includes 2,800-acres with trails winding through beaches, bogs, forests, and ocean headlands.
  • West Quoddy Head Lighthouse Keepers Association Visitor’s Center:  Located inside the 1858 Light Keepers’ house adjacent to the lighthouse, the visitor center provides information about lighthouse keepers, sardine canning, and aquaculture history.  Adjacent to Quoddy Head State Park.
  • ARTWORKSOFMAINE: A visual and performing arts center offering classes and events in dance, music, art, theatre, and chorus.
  • Cobscook Community Learning Center: Offers a vast array of art and cultural programs, events, and opportunities.

Cobscook Bay (Whiting to Eastport)

  • Waponahki Museum and Resource Center: A museum of the Passamaquoddy Tribal culture, language, and traditions.  Includes displays, dance, food, storytelling, and artist demonstrations.
  • Dennysville Historic District: Includes 22 buildings on 300 acres, in Colonial Revival and Federal style.
  • Raye’s Mustard Mill: A working museum showcasing North America’s last remaining traditional stone-ground mustard mill that still utilizes the traditional cold grind process.
  • Tides Institute and Museum of Art:  Exhibits cultural collections; sponsors cultural events; provides cultural education; and fosters cultural connections.
  • Tide Mill Organic Farm:  A ninth-generation organic family farm offering farm tours and open farm day, also a MOOmilk family farm.
  • Eastport Historic District: Located on Water Street with 29 buildings in Italianate and Romanesque styles
  • Boynton Street Historic District (also in Eastport): Includes 3 buildings on 20 acres in the Federal style.
  • Fort Sullivan:  A museum located in the northernmost officers quarters of historic Fort Sullivan, containing photographs and other military and civilian historical items regarding both Fort Sullivan and the sardine and ground-fishing industry.
  • The Old Powder House:  A visible remnant of the old powder house, part of the original Fort Sullivan, which was captured by the British in 1812.

Regional

  • Washington County Historical and Genealogical Society:  A group dedicated to historical preservation and genealogical research in Washington County.
  • At least a dozen local historical societies
  • Maine’s Historic Bold Coast:  A historic museums tour created through a collaborative structure of museums, historic properties, and other cultural organizations, showcasing the area’s history and cultural institutions.
  • Downeast Fisheries Trail:  A self-guided tour spanning Washington and Hancock Counties that connects historic and active fisheries sites to illustrate the region’s maritime heritage.

Scenic, Natural, and Recreational Qualities:

Coastal Villages (Milbridge to East Machias)

  • Pigeon Hill: Spectacular panoramic ocean views toward Cadillac and over myriad islands highlight this 1.2 mile-trail within the Pigeon Hill Preserve. In fall great expanses of undeveloped forests glow with color around Schoodic and Black Mountains. The summit of Pigeon Hill is the highest point in the coastal region of eastern Washington County.
  • Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge:  Spanning a total of 3,801 acres in three towns, Refuge trails wind through pine forests, peatlands, blueberry barrens, marshes, cedar swamps, granite shores, and cobble beaches.
  • McClellan Park:  A 10.4-acre town park with spectacular views of open ocean and islands, rocky beaches, trails, picnic tables and primitive campsites.
  • Frank E. Woodworth Preserve:  A 1.8-mile loop trail through moss-carpeted woodlands, with a mixed forest containing many trees more than a century old. The trail emerges at the shoreline overlooking the upper reaches of Pleasant Bay. Several tidal rivers converge off Ripley Neck in Addison, supporting a wide array of shorebirds and waterfowl.
  • Tibbett Island:  A 23-acre island preserve across a sheltered narrows from Addison’s municipal park and boat launch, hosting a diverse collection of vegetation and landscape types, including gravel beaches perfect for landing small watercraft in almost any weather condition. The town of Addison contains 4 boat launches and is close to numerous membership-access islands along the Maine Island Trail system.
  • Great Wass Island Preserve:  A 1,540-acre tract with 4.5 miles of trails winding through moss-floored forests, traversing open ledges, and skirting the shoreline with spectacular views of the islands of Eastern Bay.
  • Sandy River Beach: a rare-for-the-area vast expanse of public access sandy beach.  Great for kids and dogs.
  • Jonesport town marina and Old House Point Road:  Excellent street views of a classic working waterfront.
  • Downeast Institute: The Downeast Institute is the easternmost marine research laboratory and education center in the US, and is also a shellfish hatchery supplying local municipalities with clam seed and shellfish educational programs.       Guided tours of the facility can be arranged.
  • Roque Bluffs State Park:  A 274-acre park offering miles of hiking trails, cliffs and rocky shores to explore, a picnic area, and pebbled beach perfect for swimming, beach-combing, and paddling.
  • Jasper Beach:  a unique public beach boasting zillions of tiny, rounded, colorful pebbles of volcanic rhyolite.

Bold Coast (East Machias to Lubec)

  • East Machias Aquatic Research Center:  a research and community outreach facility on the East Machias River that includes a fish hatchery, a flow-through fresh water experimental facility, a state certified water quality testing laboratory, a Technical Resources Center, and a small Historic Museum/Education Center.
  • Western Head Preserve: A 3.5 mile trail beginning alongside the Little River and winding through pasture and forest to the edge of the sea at Flaggtown Beach, with views of Little River Island and the fishing village of Cutler. Spectacular views of the Little River Lighthouse appear from parts of the trail.
  • Little River Lighthouse: A historic lighthouse where visitors can spend the day enjoying the island, host an event, or even spend the night!
  • Cutler harbor:  A working harbor and historic fishing village and a nice place to stretch your legs and take in the sights.       The Little River Lighthouse is prominently visible from the Cutler Library/Town Office parking lot.
  • Cutler Coast Public Preserve Land (locally known as “the Bold Coast Trail”):  An approximately 10 mile loop-trail traversing a remote and rugged shoreline, featuring tiny coves, pebbled beaches, spectacular ocean vistas, primitive campsites, and an interior trail winding through mossy woods, grasslands, blueberry “barrens,” and bogs.
  • Bog Brook Cove Preserve:  A 1,780-acre preserve characterized by rocky knolls, swampy flats, wet meadows, and small brooks.   The diverse habitat is home to a variety of wildlife, including black bear, bobcat, and fisher.  Visitors to Bog Brook Cove have documented sightings of two birds rarely seen in Maine: yellow rail and upland sandpiper.
  • West Quoddy Head Lighthouse Keepers Association Visitor’s Center:  Located inside the 1858 Light Keepers’ house adjacent to the lighthouse, the visitor center provides information about lighthouse keepers, sardine canning, and aquaculture history.  Adjacent to Quoddy Head State Park.
  • Quoddy Head State Park:  A 541-acre park situated on the easternmost point of the United States, with 5 acres of trail winding through forests, bogs, and along the coastline, with the famous Quoddy Head Light.
  • Lubec harbor:  A working fishing harbor and a walkable historic village with a bustling downtown retail, culinary, arts and culture scene.
  • Lost Fisherman’s Memorial Park: Built in honor of those lost at sea in pursuit of their livelihood, this memorial sculpture park is located in the heart of downtown Lubec at the picturesque mouth of the channel with intimate views of the turbulent waters of Lubec Narrows, the Roosevelt Campobello International Bridge, and Campobello Island.
  • Cobscook Community Learning Center: Offers a vast array of programs, events, and opportunities, including the annual Downeast Spring Birding Festival.
  • Hamilton Cove Preserve:  A 1225-acre preserve providing opportunities to experience some of Maine’s most remote and wild terrain – cobble beaches, sheer cliffs and rocky promontories.  More than 25 different types of plant communities thrive at Hamilton Cove.  The preserve’s diverse habitats support numerous migratory and resident birds including bald eagles.
  • Treat Island Preserve:  A 71-acre island preserve featuring a mix of open meadow and spruce forest, stunning views, bold headlands, and gravel beaches with relatively easy landing areas for kayaks and small boats.  Meadows provide good vantage points to view resident wildlife, such as white-tailed deer, bald eagles, and northern harriers.

Cobscook Bay (Whiting to Eastport)

  • Sipp Bay Preserve:  A 16-acre peninsula close to Route 1 in Perry offering grassy open fields for picnicking, short walking trails, hand carry boat access, and great scenic views.
  • Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge: One of the oldest National Wildlife Refuges and located in the Atlantic Flyway, with over 50 miles of dirt roads and trails for, 3 self-guided interpretive trails, and opportunities to tour with wildlife biologists.
  • Cobscook Bay State Park:  888 acres surrounded on three sides by ocean, providing numerous remote campsites along the water’s edge.
  • Old Sow Whirlpool: The largest natural whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere and one of five significant whirlpools worldwide!
  • Perry-Eastport Causeway:  The causeway connecting the island of Eastport with the mainland of Perry, offers 180-degree vistas of open ocean, islands, and harbors.
  • Shackford Head State Park: A diverse trail system from easy walks to challenging terrain atop bold cliffs provides beach access and fantastic views of Cobscook Bay and surrounding peninsulas. Great care should be taken when exploring these beaches because of the tides that fluctuate 20 feet in a short amount of time. Trails near the parking area provide some access for wheelchairs but the entire trail network is not handicap accessible.

Regional

  • Downeast Sunrise Trail: An 85-mile, multi-use corridor connecting eastern Maine and the head of the East Coast Greenway.  Traverses numerous inland habitat types.
  • Maine Island Trail: A 375-mile recreational waterway that spans the entire coast of Maine and connects over 200 island and mainland sites open for day visits or overnight camping.
  • Downeast Lakes Land Trust: Part of a larger network of preserved lands, the Downeast Lakes Water Trail within the Farm Grove Community Forest offers remote and scenic wilderness exploration on lake and forest trails.
  • Downeast and Acadia Birding Trail:  A self-guided trail encompassing Washington and Hancock Counties, providing birding opportunities in diverse habitat on public lands.
  • Ice-Age Trail: A self-guided regional tour comprised of the finest and most accessible geological effects of glacial influence of the last North American continental ice sheet.

Events contributing to All Intrinsic Qualities of the Byway Region:

  • Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium and sculpture tour: A fun and educational biennial cultural event inviting the visiting public to learn how large-scale sculpture is made from granite, one of Maine’s natural resources. The Symposium highlights a local stone working culture of historic importance. The finished sculptures, set against a backdrop of scenic vistas, provide the structure of a world-class art tour through diverse Downeast Maine communities.
  • Lubec ARTS Alive—an annual summertime series of community art projects that promotes and develops community art in Lubec while Integrating artists, volunteers and participants.
  • SummerKeys—music and art workshops, and a summer concert series occurring in Lubec.
  • Grand Lake Stream Folk Festival—two days of juried, high quality arts, crafts, and music.
  • Destination Cherryfield—an annual celebration of all things Cherryfield.
  • Machias Wild Blueberry Festival—a weekend packed with events in honor of the wild blueberry, including local blueberry farm tours and pie galore!
  • Margaretta Days Festival— celebrates the first Naval battle of the American Revolution in Machias.
  • Eastport Pirate Festival—celebrating all things pirate!
  • Open Lighthouse Day—guided historic tours of lighthouses and the people who occupied them.
  • Sipayik Indian Day Celebration—a weekend celebrating Passamaquoddy culture.
  • Great Sardine and Maple Leaf Drop—a combined Canadian/American New Year’s Eve celebration.
  • Downeast Salmon Federation Smelt Fry—a rite of spring and fundraiser for wild Atlantic salmon preservation.
  • Jonesport/Beals and Eastport lobster boat races—highly competitive and lively high-speed races set against a spectacular coastal backdrop.
  • Moosabec Mud Runs—Mainers racing loud trucks in deep mud—a fun-filled, family-friendly event oozing with local color!
  • Bay of Fundy International Marathon—a Boston Marathon qualifier jointly held in Lubec and on Campobello Island, New Brunswick.
  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend—a February weekend of fun outdoor events around the state.
  • Maine Maple Sunday—a whole day dedicated to honoring maple syrup (and sundaes!) around the state. Local maple farms open their doors for educational tours and maple syrup tastings.
  • Downeast Spring Birding Festival— A unique four-day birding experience during spring migration and the breeding season; including self-guided explorations, guided hikes, boat tours and presentations led by area experts.
  • Pembroke Trotting Association Farm and Horse Fair—annual fair held at one of the oldest fairgrounds in the country (used for agricultural exhibitions since 1841).
  • Summers End Folk Festival—a two-day outdoor folk fest celebrating the music, art, beauty, and people of Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick.
  • RiceFest: a weekend event filled with music, arts, artisans, food, and celebration.
  • Farm markets—family-farms abound, and every day of the week a farm market is open somewhere in the Bold Coast region, offering everything from vegetables, flowers, and meat, to bread, cheese, chocolate and jam.

Inventorying Our Scenic Resources

Inventorying Our Scenic Resources

Find Us on Facebook

Copyright © 2017 Bold Coast Scenic Byway