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").
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  • Great spot to stop at. The history here is very cool. Nice to walk around the area and see, and incredible view. 
    Great spot to stop at. The history here is very cool. Nice to walk around the area and see, and incredible view.  more »
  • Unfortunately it was mostly closed due to staffing issues, but we were able to walk around the grounds and there was plenty of signage explaining what we were seeing--pretty views as well. 
    Unfortunately it was mostly closed due to staffing issues, but we were able to walk around the grounds and there was plenty of signage explaining what we were seeing--pretty views as well.  more »
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  • Expect the unexpected when you enter the fort! Who woulda thought?! Very interesting history of the area. Let your imagination take you back to what life was like for early settlers. Good spot to enjoy the ocean views, walk a bit - kids welcome - maybe bring a lunch to sit at one of the picnic tables. Not crowded...venture down to the little beach or nearby restaurant.
  • Fort William Henry is one of the oldest British forts in North America. Add to that the nearby archeological digs and one of the best regional restaurants (The Contented Sole)... Not to mention some spectacular views and nearby beaches and you'll want to make a day of it here. Or, perhaps a week or three.

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