Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, New Harbor

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4.6/5 based on 110 reviews on the web
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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  • Fort William Fort is a reconstructed fort that is part of Colonial Permaquid - a Maine State Park. Got pictures of the low wall restoration from 1908 – the original had been more than 20 feet tall. Wa...  read more »
  • I thought we were just visiting a lighthouse, but it was so informative and historical as well about the area. The archaeological sites were very interesting as well. Loved it! 
  • Revisit with family. Small funky museum filled with all sorts of old photos, ship implements, shells. Good history of lighthouse. Walk up to light - beautiful views of sea. Worth the visit. 
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