|Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site
(Ft. William Henry)
One of northern New England's earliest communities, rich
in archeological history, Colonial Pemaquid State Historic
Site is a place not to be missed during a visit to Midcoast
Maine. Bureau of Parks and Lands staff host interpretive
tours, and teach visitors about the native people who
camped on this once-remote peninsula that evolved into
a rough, frontier settlement dating back to the mid-1620s.
Children enjoy a trip to the museum that houses artifacts
unearthed from the grounds. Exotic china patterns, a
rare, German Bellarmine jug and various tools of the day
are on display to paint a picture of what life in the village
After touring the grounds, explore Fort William Henry and
don't miss the view from the roof. As you spy through the
telescope, imagine what it was like in the 17th century,
||Four miles on Maine Route 129 from Damariscotta, then take Maine Route 130 for nine
miles, bear right one mile.
||Memorial Day - Labor Day, Fee Charged
||The site includes a reconstruction of Fort William Henry, which also houses museum
exhibits. A museum displays hundreds of artifacts found on the site, dating from
prehistoric times through the colonial period. Musket balls, coins, pottery, and early
hardware are among items of interest. Guided tours are available during the summer
months. Contact the Park staff for tour and special event information.
||Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site
P.O. Box 117
New Harbor, ME 04554
Park season: (207) 677-2423
Off season: (207) 624-6080
guarding the waters to the Pemaquid River and beyond. Visitors can drop a line off the local dock as they fish or dine
at the local restaurant. Repairs of the dock and Fort William Henry's roof were made possible by the funds from
Conservation loon license plates.
The Fort House was built in the last quarter of the 18th Century by Alexander Nickels Jr., the son of Fort Frederick's
last commander. Today the first floor of this building is open to the public. Inside you will find the period room or
parlor which is decorated similar to how it may have been in the early 1800's, a library, exhibit room and
archaeological laboratory. The Fort House was renovated through the efforts of the Friends of Colonial Pemaquid.