THE MAINE ATLAS: SEAFARING TALES
Just in time for Independence Day - join us as we delve into Maine (and American!) maritime history on the rocky shores of the North Atlantic! Let’s venture north along the coast to Fort Knox Historic Site, one of the best-preserved examples of coastal defense fortifications constructed in the mid-1800’s. Learn about the history of the fort with a private guided tour and then go high above it all in the Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory - the highest public bridge observatory in the world AND higher than the Statue of Liberty! Enjoy spectacular 360-degree views of Penobscot Bay and Maine’s distant western mountains before we make our way to Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, where we’ll learn the in’s and out’s of Maine’s maritime history! Let’s immerse ourselves in Maine’s rich past on the 3-acre campus with historic buildings, exhibits, artwork, and over 200,000 historic photos, including a collection from iconic Maine photographer Kosti Ruahomaa. Next stop: Belfast, one of Maine’s most quintessential shipbuilding towns! Explore downtown Belfast and enjoy the sights and sounds of a working harbor, in addition to the lively arts scene and local restaurants. Last, but certainly not least, we’ll visit French & Webb, a 25-year old boatbuilding operation specializing in museum-quality restorations. During our tour, we’ll learn about the current restoration of the former presidential yacht, the USS Sequoia, a 104’ yacht that was built in 1925 and, during her 46 years of government service, served eight presidents from Hoover to Ford. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to embrace Maine’s living history, from yesterday and today! Included in cost: admission/guided tours at Fort Knox Historic Site, Penobscot Marine Museum, and French & Webb. Local pastries will be available on the bus during the morning. Lunch is not included in the cost and will occur after 1:15 pm, so please plan accordingly (with snacks!). Transportation will be provided by a coach bus, equipped with Wifi and a restroom. Please note that this trip is designed for active individuals who can comfortably walk for short distances across uneven terrain, including historic sites and docks. Please bring extra layers for changing weather, comfortable walking shoes, rain gear (if necessary), sunscreen, water & snacks, and a sense of adventure! No refunds will be issued within 2 weeks of the trip date.