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About RocklandRockland, one of Maine's largest fishing ports, is known as the Lobster Capital of the World and the Schooner Capital of Maine—ferries to several nearby islands are available along with schooners for daily and weeklong cruises. Shipbuilding, commercial fishing, granite quarrying and limekilns have contributed to area history and economy. The poet Edna St. Vincent Millay was born in Rockland.

A granite breakwater, extending seven-eighths of a mile across Penobscot Bay, leads to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse at Jameson Point in Rockland Harbor, built around 1888. Self-guiding tours are available on weekends from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. The town's historic Main Street district is now a shopping area. Owls Head Light, 5 miles southeast, offers outstanding views of Penobscot Bay.

In early August it's a true crustacean celebration at the Maine Lobster Festival, which features boat rides, crafts, cooking contests and the coronation of the Maine Sea Goddess. Come hungry—there's nearly 10 tons of lobster to go around.

Visitor Centers Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce—Rockland 1 Park Dr. Rockland, ME 04841. Phone:(207)596-0376 or (800)562-2529

Things to Do Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center

Farnsworth Homestead

Maine Lighthouse Museum

Project Puffin Visitor Center

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Rockland, ME

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Rockland Harbor Hotel

520 Main St. Rockland, ME 04841

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81 Talbot Ave. Rockland, ME 04841

Rockland Talbot House

73 Talbot Ave. Rockland, ME 04841

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