Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Things to see in Wiscasset, Maine [Part 5]

Looking for things to do in Maine? You’ve come to the right place! Welcome to Part 5 of our blog
series, “What to do in Wiscasset”. This blog will cover some of the best sights in the quaint,
historic town of Wiscasset, Maine. You can learn more about (and take a tour of) each of the
places described using the ‘Wiscasset’s Museum in the Streets’ mobile tour guide app available for
Apple and Android. Read Parts 1 through 4 of the series here. If you want to check out another blog
in the series, click on Part 1, 2, 3 or 4.


Haggetts Garage



In 1898, Haggett Bros. began selling hardware and plumbing services in Wiscasset. Livery stables were
the center of transportation in Wiscasset as in most 19th century towns, and the Haggetts supplied
their hardware. The story of Haggett’s Garage is the story of the transition from horse-drawn travel to
cars and is included in all Maine tours.


Custom House



In 1789, President George Washington designated Wiscasset,Maine an official U.S. Port of Entry. We
were one of twenty-one such ports, and the northernmost custom house in the new nation. Every
ship entering the country had to show documents identifying the vessel, cargo, and country of origin.
Customs fees were the government’s primary source of revenue in the days before taxes. In 1791,
Francis Cook was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be Collector of Customs in Wiscasset. He held the
position for 38 years.


Wiscasset Sailing Vessels, Casilda, Tamerlane and When and If
Imagine what it must have been like when Wiscasset village was filled with the sounds and smells of
a busy 19th century waterfront. Boat and shipbuilding in Wiscasset boomed between the end of the
American Revolution and the 1807 Embargo, and then again from the late 1830s until 1861. By 1865,
Wiscasset was too small for the larger cargo ships, but boat building continued with a focus on yachts
and smaller boats.


Wiscasset's Railroads 1849 - 2013



By rail and by sea - Wiscasset could have been a natural transportation hub, but the timing was off.
By the time the railroads came, fewer and fewer cargo ships were coming to Wiscasset harbor.


Powder House



From the seventeenth to the early nineteenth centuries, Americans protected themselves from attack
by maintaining local groups of volunteer soldiers known as the militia. During the Revolutionary War
and the War of 1812, ammunition for the militia was stored away from the center of town as a safety
precaution, as mentioned in multiple Maine tours.

Of course, these are only a few of the sites you can see in Wiscasset, Maine.
To read the previous blog, click here.

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