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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119 reviews
  • August 10, 2017
    We stumbled on this state park a few years ago and have returned every year since then. The site contains a small museum that houses a collection of terrific 17th and 18th century artifacts, including...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Climb the short tower for a wonderful view. The history museum is small but delightful and has a nice scavenger hunt for children. A certain times there are live history exhibits at the settlement exa...  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    After visiting the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, we popped into this place and were stunned to find that this place was considered "the Jamestown of the north." Walk inside the round stone tower to find ...  more »
  • June 28, 2017
    Nice place to visit to see historical Maine.
  • January 11, 2017
    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.
  • April 9, 2017
    One of downeast's best locations! All seasons.
  • January 24, 2017
    Would have been better during tourist season. There's nobody here during the winter, but still a good place to see.
  • August 22, 2016
    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.

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