If there was a location in the United States that was the first to see the day, it would be Eastport. The state of Maine is home to this small city that is the farthest east in the country, and is touted to see the sun’s rays first. Part of the charm of the state is in its agricultural ventures. It produces 99% of the nation’s blueberries. It is one “maine” ingredient in pancakes where I come from. Blueberries are not the only thing that is abundant in the state of Maine. 40 million pounds and nearly 90% of the nation’s lobster supply is caught off the coast of Maine.
It has had a long and rich history. During the Revolutionary War it hosted the first naval battle fought off Machias in 1775. It was the 23rd state entered into the union, joining in 1820.
With so much history at its roots, there are a few things that are not as historic.
- Numerous lighthouses dot the Main coast including Fort Point Lighthouse at Fort Point State Park in Stockton Springs and Grindle Point Lighthouse on Isleboro.
- An unsuccessful attempt at establishing a permanent English settlement in the New World was at the location now known as Popham Beach. Sir George Popham led the expedition in 1607.
- The skating scene in the movie “The Preacher’s Wife” was filmed in Deering Oaks Park in Portland.
- The coastline boasts so many deep harbors it is thought all the navies in the world could anchor in them.
- Located in Thorndike Village, the Bryant Stove Works and Museum displays an eclectic collection of antique cast iron stoves, parlor heaters, roadsters and touring cars. In addition, the museum features antique layer pianos, pipe organs and music boxes, calliopes, nickelodeons, and hurdy-gurdys.
There is plenty to entertain your mind in Maine. Moving there just means you get to enjoy it more.