Sept 07 – An Afternoon In and Around Boothbay

We woke to predicted cool temperatures and heavy rains which continued until early afternoon. As the rains ceased, we decided to take a drive into Boothbay and around some surrounding areas.

Just south of our cmapground is the Boothbay Railway Village is a 10-acre re-created historic New England town featuring a village green surrounded by over 12 historic buildings, a working narrow gauge coal-fire steam train,

old fashioned shops, beautiful gardens, and one of the finest presentations of antique vehicles in New England. With more than 60 vintage cars on display, including a 1916 Model T Speedster, a 1940 Cadillac convertible limo, and a 1962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II, the village is also a fascinating look back at the history of automobiles.

Continuing toward Boothbay Harbor, we passed the first of more than twenty sculptures.

The most moving of those we saw was Fishermen's Memorial, "In honor of the proud independent Maine fishermen who lost their lives at sea."  A plaque lists the names of 244 men who died at sea between May 17, 1798 (Captain John Murray, 27, who died after falling down an aft hatch) and April 22, 2012 (Earl L. Brewer, 77, who fell overboard while lobstering aboard his boat "Sea Foam").

The center of Boothbay Harbor is made up of a number of stores, restaurants and inns lined streets, many of the one-way making navigation to the uninitiatied.

Many of the stately old homes have been transformed into beautiful inns and B&Bs.

Some seacoast-themed wind vanes top churches and other buildings.

Throughout the area, "Old Glory" can be found on almost every street.

The eclectic is also evident.

 

However, like most Maine seacoast towns it is the waterfront which becomes the focal point for visitiors and locals, alike.

 

And moored throughout the harbor are many sailboats, the most beautiful we saw …

Crossing the bridge on Route 27,

Taking a detour from the loop road which circled the island, we arrived at a small cove from where we could see Hendrick's Lighthouse.

A lone plover watched as I snapped away

From there we headed for a protected cove

at the south end of the island where views of the surf breaking beyond some nearby islands

and the Cuckold Light Station.

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Heading back to Boothbay, we passed several marinas

and I even got a chance to add to my colleciton of mailbox photos.

Our last stop was at

for some badly-needed grocery shopping we'd put off for more than a week.

 

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