Saturday, July 5, 2014

Castine History

The town of Castine is a historian's playground. The vast majority of the buildings date from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Although I would have loved to explore every nook and cranny, most of these buildings do not exactly allow animals. We contented ourselves with visiting the sites that were outdoors.

One of our first stops was Fort George. Fort George was established by the British in 1779. It was the site of the worst American naval defeat prior to Pearl Harbor. Little remains of the original fort, however we still enjoyed running around its walls and grooves.

I also took pictures of the Dyce Head Lighthouse. There was not a whole lot to this particular one, but I would recommend visiting it if lighthouses are your thing. Apparently there is a Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge you can participate in every June.

Our last stop was Fort Madison. Fort Madison was originally built by the US in 1809, but switched hands several times during the War of 1812. It was officially abandoned at the end of the Civil War.  The fort no longer remains, however you can still climb on the earthen mounds.  It is the perfect place to take your dog for a walk or enjoy the coastal scenery.

I hope that you have enjoyed this three-part series on Castine. I am eager to return and to better get-to-know this gorgeous town.

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