Maine has been part of the history of North America since long before 1776. It was part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony until it was separated in 1820. There are an enormous number of museums, historical sites and living history to be visited and seen, due to Maine’s long and storied history.
LOCAL HISTORIC SITES
- In Leeds, Monument Hill http://alltrails.com/trail/us/maine/monument-hill-trail
- In Wayne, Wing Ring Cemetery http://www.wingfamily.org/wingringcemeteryoct31.html
- In Livermore, Norlands Living History Museum http://www.norlands.org/
- In New Gloucester, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village http://www.shaker.lib.me.us/museum.html
STATEWIDE HISTORIC SITES
Maine has over 1500 historic sites. Following are several links that can take you back hundreds of years in time to the earliest beginnings of the state, and before.
- Historic Sites in Maine National Historic Landmarks In Maine
- Maine Historical Society http://www.mainehistory.org/
- Forts http://travel-maine.info/historic_forts.htm
- Wayne Genealogical History http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mecreadf/wayn1790.htm
- National Registry of Historic Places in Maine: National Registry Historic Places in Maine
- Although this blog only was active from 2009 through 2012, it has lots of really good information. http://mainehistoricsites.wordpress.com/
THE FIRST NATION PEOPLES
These are all historical sites for European settlers, it would not be right to end this page without acknowledging the First Nation Peoples who occupied Maine and the regions around it before the first Europeans arrived. Although the historic remnants of these peoples exist now mostly in story, language and community, you can still find signs of their habitation of Maine. The name Androscoggin means “place where fish are cured”. There is a large boulder along the shore of the lake with petroglyphs (the location is private) showing the routes of travel through the Thirty Mile River of lakes of which Lake Androscoggin is a part. The oldest of Wayne’s inhabitants can still recall having the First Nations people paddle down the lake selling handmade items to the European settlers living along the shore. Here are some links for more information.
Maine Indian Tribes and Languages: http://www.native-languages.org/maine.htm
The Wabanaki: http://mainewabanakireach.org/what-is-the-history/
The Penobscot: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penobscot
The Passamaquody: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passamaquoddy