Mark and Amy went out exploring a bit yesterday and it got me to thinking about all the great history in this area of Maine. Yes, there are all the great stories of shipbuilding in Bath and you can explore that part of the area’s history at the Maine Maritime Museum. Their website will give you all the details of the classes, exhibits, boat cruises and other great experiences they offer throughout the year. Also right in the City of Bath is the beautiful historic architecture and stories of the people who built Maine’s Cool Little
City. Our B&B is a wonderful example of one of the historic homes from the shipbuilding boom. Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. provides a walking tour map of the historic homes with tidbits on the architecture and people who resided in them. Available at the downtown Visitors’ Center (located in Bath’s historic train station) are other brochures detailing some of the characters and buildings of the downtown area. Or ask your local innkeeper for a copy of these brochures. Just outside of town, you can head down Route 209 towards Popham Beach to Fort Popham and Fort Baldwin. These are great old forts to explore and fun for even the youngest in the family. This spot by the forts is also the original building site of Maine’s First Ship – The Virginia. A replica of this glorious vessel is being built in Bath along the banks of the Kennebec River. You can stop in a see the volunteers and learn about their work. Traveling North on Route 1 about 20 minutes is another historic site – Fort Edgecomb. In addition to the history, this is a relaxing spot to hang out and have a picnic overlooking the Sheepscot River.
So if you are coming to visit for the history there is plenty to see and explore in Bath and in mid-coast Maine!