Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, New Harbor

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Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site is a publicly owned historic property operated by the state of Maine near Pemaquid Beach in Bristol, Maine. The site includes the reconstructed Fort William Henry, archaeological remains of 17th- and 18th-century village buildings and fortifications, and a museum with artifacts found on the site including musket balls, coins, pottery, and early hardware.Pemaquid was a major regional flashpoint in the late 17th-century and early 18th-century conflicts between English and French settlers, and between English settlers and the local Native population. The site has been of historical and archaeological interest since the late 19th century and has been a state park since 1903. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969 (as "Pemaquid Restoration and Museum") and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1993 (as "Pemaquid Archeological Site").DescriptionColonial Pemaquid is set on a small north-facing peninsula on the south side of the mouth of the Pemaquid River, north of Pemaquid Point, a spit of land in mid-coast Maine. The site is mostly level or gently sloping terrain that has been covered in grass. The site is accessed via a drive from the south, which provides access to parking areas above the main historic settlement area. There is a 20th-century building housing a visitor center and small museum, an 18th-century house that has been repurposed for use as an archaeological laboratory and storage space, and the reconstructed bastion of Fort William Henry at the northwestern tip of the peninsula.
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  • we had vacation the week of September 11 and was hoping to go in the fort and museum but both were closed.  more »
  • Just a really lovely place to visit and take time to stroll around and explore. We had a great couple of hours here, just taking in the sights,  more »
  • While in Pemaquid, Colonial Pemaquid had their annual Bristol Days celebration. Food, Vendors, Music. My husband and I had the chance to walk to the top of the fort and overlook the harbor as well. Br...  more »
  • Historical site of one of the earliest commercial settlements in New England. Reproduction of one of the three forts built there in pre-colonial time. Open to the public and usually free. Interesting small museum of artifacts found on the property during several excavations. Restaurant on the property with excellent view of the harbor.
  • I was unaware that this little treasure existed. I was visiting Pemaquid Beach and this was just a small ride down the street. Well maintained, historical information located in the stone structure, and you can walk all the way to the top! The 360 view from the top makes it all worth it!
  • If you're in the Pemaquid Maine area, check out the Bristol Harbor Days. A nice folksy festival that features local artists-vendors, food and you get to go in and climb to the top of the fort-the view was spectacular. We bought local crafts from the area here, listened to great music and on Saturday night..fireworks.
  • Just happened to be here when the period reenactors where here. Living history is so fun. I will be planning my trips accordingly from now on.
  • Such a pretty place to walk and watch birds. While the Fort is closed in Winter, you can still walk along the beach at the Public Boat Ramp.

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