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Damariscotta & Permaquid Peninsula

Introducing Damariscotta & Permaquid Peninsula

A pretty waterside town with a picturesque Main Street, Damariscotta is sprinkled with historic churches and grand mansions, which attest to its prominence in early col­onial days. The town is also gateway to the picturesque coastline to the south.

ME 130 goes from Damariscotta through the heart of the Pemaquid Peninsula (the longest on the coast of Maine) to Pemaquid Point, a major destination for its natural beauty; artists and dilettantes from across the globe come here to record the memorable seascape in drawings, paintings and photographs.

Although it’s bypassed by the masses today, the area was well explored in the early 17th century. English explorers set foot on the Pemaquid Peninsula in the early 1600s, but France claimed the land as well: the great Samuel de Champlain came here in 1605. By the 1620s, the area had a thriving settlement with a customhouse.