This area has a deep history of shipbuilding, and was a hub in the 1800s. And today, even though the year round population is shy of 4,000, the two villages (separated by the Damariscotta River) have the bustling feel and vitality of a much larger community.
|A family friend commissioned a nearby artist to do this watercolor for me of downtown Damariscotta, being sure to include Renys Underground.|
|The Chapman-Hall house, the first house built in Damariscotta (1754) recently had it’s chimney (which services four fireplaces) redone. 240 years old bricks were used, and it was done the old way, using lime and sand.|
One landmark of the villiages is the Baptist Church. Just last year, after three years, it got its steeple back, after raising over $500,00.00 (with a final $35,000.00 gift from a 92 year old town resident - :) !).
And this was my kind of Friday night and my kind of fundraiser. It was a public fish chowder supper at the Newcastle Firehouse to raise money to help with home-heating bills.
|...(the firefighters turned their meeting room into a dining room, where it was hard not to admire the Kelly Green sweater),...|
A third (cultural and intellectual) landmark is The Lincoln Country News. The twin villages produce the best local newspaper I have ever read. Each week the LCN is bursting with original articles, photography, local columns, and community announcements. And it is still full-sized.
|Damariscotta and New Castle, and their rich history in shipping, are the subjects of many books including this one...|
There are many lovely places in Coastal New England. But one of my favorites will always be the twin villages of Damariscotta and Newcastle.
|...written by the author of Merchant of the Medomak (who also happened to be my husband's lower school Latin teacher, and whose skills are used by Bath's Maine Maritime Museum).|