After battling with a minor 12V electrical problem, we took a walk around the campground where we've been staying, discovreing it was larger than we were aware and several sites (none with the 50 amp power, cable and sewer we needed) were beautifully situated among an inlet off Boothbay's shoreline.
a one-horse carriage,
Near the campground's entrance, we ran a cross a sign we'd driven by several times and yet not noticed.
We then decided to return to Boothbay Harbor to walk around and have lunch on the water. At the recommendation of friends from Phoenix (of all placces), we ate at
We then wandered along the waterfront and among the narrow, one-way streets lined with restaurants, ice cream and fudge shops, jewelry stores, all manner of retail outlets catering to the town's influx of tourists.
and interesting architecture.
Unique to Boothbay Harbor is a 1,000 foot-long footbridge across the harbor permitting people easy access to the commercial areas from some of the inns across the water.
In the middle of the bridge is a cottage.
The building was constructed in 1902 by the bridge tender, William Foster. After he sold it in 1912, the bridge house had three more owners until Ethel Fowler bought it in 1926. She spent summers in it and had an art studio in the front room until 1963. Marian and David Dash purchased the building and ran boat excursions from it and are credited with starting the Windjammer Days. Mrs. Dash was the first licensed female boat captain in the State of Maine.
In 1992, Larz and Nancy Fitts-Neilson bought the bridge house and operated a gift shop in it for several years. The present owners purchased the building in 2001 and spent their first season refurbishing it for use as a summer cottage.
Local legend has it that the bridge house was used during prohibition for smuggling rum … there is a trap door in the floor of the kitchen to this day.
This evening, together with Bob and Sue Goodrich,
The resort sits on a section of the bay which normally provides gorgeous sunsets. Unortunately, tonight's cloud cover precluded any such vistas. However, there were some great views.
We had a great meal and have thoroughly enjoyed finally spending some time these past few days with Sue and Bob!