Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, New Harbor

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State Park
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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  • Although small, this has interesting artifacts within the fort and informative panels near many of the archaeological worksites.  more »
  • State park that is nice, but a bit pricy for what it is. Long line to go to top of light house, onlly holds abour 4 people at a time.  more »
  • There's a reason this lighthouse is one of Microsoft's most beautiful background pictures for Windows!! Take extra time to climb up, have a picnic and rock hop when the tide's out! SPECTACULAR VIEWS!!  more »
  • 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.
  • Would have been better during tourist season. There's nobody here during the winter, but still a good place to see.
  • Nice little bit of history - and it was free to state park pass holders. I was able to go to the top and the views were fantastic. Inside there was a little museum with historical information. Made for a nice history lesson for the kids.
  • There is a tremendous amount of history and conflict crammed into this area. Fort Charles, which was built farther up the hill than Forts William Henry and Fredrick. The Rock on which Fort William Henry was built played a big part in the fall of Fort Charles but you can read about that when get here.
  • Good to check out if in the area.