Wiscasset's history as a major shipbuilding port in the 19th century has left it with a legacy of exceptionally beautiful houses, all perched near the Sheepscot River. The tidy streets are dotted with antique shops, galleries, restaurants, a few old-fashioned inns and, in summer, a long, slow line of traffic. Thanks to the local seafood icon Red's, Wiscasset is home to a seasonal traffic slowdown that everyone on the coast knows to watch out for.
Back in the day, folks stopped here for boats and the goods they carried. Great boats were built here, including four-masted schooners that carried timber, molasses, salt, rum and cod; these sailed down the Sheepscot bound for England and the West Indies.