Where in Maine?

Where in Maine?

Can you identify this historic shipbuilding district and the town in which it lies?

Photographed by Benjamin Williamson

Nearly 100 years old, this well-cared-for barn is one of the most photographed sights in a pastoral neighborhood that was settled in the mid-18th century by one of Maine’s most prominent shipbuilding families. Tucked off the beaten path in a vibrant, slightly preppy college town, the neighborhood bears that family’s name, as do two of the three roads that define its northern, western, and southern borders. To the east is the bay from whose shores three generations launched nearly 100 ships carrying cargo to distant corners of the world. At least two family members, a husband and wife, captained those ships, inspiring their descendant, the late Pulitzer Prize–­winning author Robert P. T. Coffin, to chronicle their adventures in the 1939 biography Captain Abby and Captain John. The shipbuilding dynasty fell in the late 19th century as the age of the wooden ship ended, but six mansions still stand as testaments to the family’s wealth and stature. The area, now a nationally recognized historic district, remains sparsely settled, but it is also home to some of the most expensive real estate in Maine, with waterfront listings exceeding $1 million.

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