DescriptionAlthough John Brown—recipient in 1625 of the first deed tendered within the present borders of Maine—lived in this area in the mid-1600s, permanent settlement did not take place until 1730. In that year, three Boston families sailed up the Damariscotta River to take up grants along its shore. Their village prospered with an economy based on lumbering, agriculture, shipping and brick making.
Its position at the head of navigation and the ready supply of timber made Damariscotta a natural place for shipbuilding. Among several noted vessels built in this town was the 1849 Excelsior, the first three-decked ship constructed in Maine.
Damariscotta is now a shopping and financial center for the nearby resort area that extends south to Christmas Cove and the Pemaquid Peninsula. Much of the character of the Main Street business district stems from the brick structures erected after a fire in 1845. Houses dating from the Colonial and Federal periods are scattered throughout the community and south along SR 129/130.
Things to SeeChapman-Hall House