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The Area

We invite you to sample all that mid-coast Maine has to offer, from exploring our beaches and lighthouses, to browsing Wiscasset's shops, flea markets and galleries. Enjoy our fascinating museums and historic sites. Afterward, savor some Maine lobster in the rough or an expertly prepared meal featuring local produce at one of our great restaurants. (See some suggestions and pictures by clicking the "things to do" tab.)

Wiscasset's naturally wide and deep harbor is one of the finest on the east coast and just a few miles by water from the Gulf of Maine. For this reason, Wiscasset was once a great shipbuilding and lumber port. However, the Federal Embargo Act of 1807 soon deprived ship builders and sea captains of their livelihood. Though the port began to decline, many of the beautiful homes have been largely preserved. The remains of some of the 1800's piers can still be seen at the waterfront. And since 1973, Wiscasset has been listed in the National Register of Historic Districts.

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Pilings from 1800's Piers

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Our Models of the Hesper & Luther Little

Travelers following US Route 1 through Wiscasset have long been accustomed to the familiar sight of the once-proud four- masted schooners Hesper and Luther Little, beached on Wiscasset's waterfront. The last surviving ships of their kind, they plied the Atlantic coast and the Caribbean (the Hesper also sailed to Europe), hauling coal, timber, and ice, until they were purchased in 1932 by Frank Winter, owner of the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railroad. It was Winter's plan to haul timber from central Maine on his narrow-gauge railroad (now restored and operated by the WW & F Museum in Alna) for loading on the schooners (the bows of the Hesper opened like clamshells so full-length logs could be loaded directly into the hold). The timber would then be sold at great profit in cities to the south where tall, straight pine commanded a premium.
After Winter's death and with WWII threatening, the schooners were towed to the shore of Wiscasset's harbor and abandoned. The ships are gone now, having succumbed to the effects of neglect, fire, wind, and water. However, you may still see the ships as they were as working vessels, built to exquisite scale from wood salvaged from the original ships, by Jim and Lynda Plante of Rehoboth, Massachusetts. Jim and Lynda, professional model shipwrights, have worked creating and restoring ship models for organizations all across the country including Mystic Seaport and Disney World. The models are on display in our breakfast room.

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Wiscasset Village from Across the Harbor

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Quiet Morning on the Harbor

Mid-coast Maine has a proud maritime heritage and we would enjoy sharing it with you.

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