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History

Barrell’s Tidal Mill Pond

One of the largest and best-preserved tide mill sites in Maine is in York.

Tide Mills Powered Maine’s Early Economy

Tide mills once were a big force along the Maine coast. Yet little is left now and no one thinks about them.

Toppingwold

A historic summer cottage with a lighthouse-inspired tower

Edward Robinson’s Pictorial Legacy

Early photographs of Monhegan capture a vanishing way of life.

Fast and Lovely

Members of an early yacht racing club on Mount Desert brought some of the most beautiful one-designs ever built to Maine waters.

Maine’s Proud History of Building Boats

Mainers have built thousands of boats and ships in the last 200 years. Four are the state’s signature types, wherever they are found: the canoe, the peapod, Friendship sloops, and lobsterboats.

Bowdoin turns 100

A century after it was built to explore remote Arctic regions, the schooner Bowdoin still sails northward, although now the passengers are mostly students.

Every Boat Has a Story

The stories behind two classic boats that once called Moosehead Lake home.

George Hathaway

Portland’s prolific marine artist, George Hathaway, got his start painting furniture.

Lindbergh’s Unexpected Visit to South Pond

Charles Lindberg's 1933 landing on South Pond in Warren, Maine.

From Farmhouse to Summer Retreat

Blue Hill's Curtis house and F.L. Olmstead

Governor Baxter and the Making of a Historian

Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth explains how early encounters with Gov. Percival Baxter inspired his career.

Henry Peabody

Henry Peabody took Maine lighthouse photography to a new level.

The Bateau: Forgotten Workhorse of Maine’s Rivers

A utility boat from Maine's logging era.

The Bygone Era of the Prim & Proper Bathing Suit

A look at how people hit the beach in the 19th and 20th centuries.