Settled in 1604, the historic town of Castine is one of the oldest in the nation and
the only town on the Peninsula to have been occupied at various times by the French, the Dutch and the English. Its strategic location at the mouth of the Penobscot River estuary, along with such colorful figures as Paul Revere and the Baron de St. Castin, made the town a notable trading and maritime center, and a prominent player in the fight for American independence.
Today, Castine offers walking tours of its historic buildings, including three forts and Dyce’s Head Lighthouse. It is home to Maine Maritime Academy, and it’s downtown offers a wonderful mix of architectural gems, gracious hospitality and fine dining. Shops and galleries dot the hilly streets leading down to the waterfront.
This July, Castine will welcome a replica of the French frigate L’Hermione to its harbor. The original L’Hermione brought the Marquis de LaFayette to American shores to help in the fight for independence. The ship then sailed up the coast to spy on the British garrison at “Magabagaduce”, later called Castine. Festivities will run from July 11th-16th and will include a reenactment and encampment, a parade of ships on Bastille Day, and will end with a street carnival and fireworks.
- Adam Gallery 140 Battle Ave.
- Camden National Bank 19 Water St.
- Oakum Bay Real Estate 21 Main St.
- Saltmeadow Properties 7 Main St.
- The Castine Inn 33 Main St.
- The Pentagoet Inn 26 Main St.
- Wilson Museum 120 Perkins St.
- Dudley’s Refresher 5 Sea St.
- MarKel’s Bakehouse 26 Water St.
- Town of Castine 67 Court St.
- Castine Historical Society 17 School St.
- Castine Kayak Adventures 17 Sea St.