Last weekend I saw in a local paper that Castlebay, a duo out of nearby Round Pond that plays and sings maritime and Celtic duets, would be performing at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site. Archaeologists have been uncovering evidence of man here dating back more than 1000 years. Three forts perched on this hill overlooking John's Bay at the mouth of the Pemaquid River- a strategic spot.
Set on a backdrop of John's Bay and the imposing reconstructed fort tower of Fort William Henry, Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee played a variety of pieces. Julia plays the Celtic harp and Fred plays several instruments: 12-string guitar, fiddle, viola, pennywhistles and the Irish flute. Several songs were written about the area by the artists- "The Old Liars" and "Muscongus Hornpipe" were two. The "Mackerel Jig" was a lively piece using a pennywhistle. You can listen to sound samples at their site. Interspersed with songs were tidbits about the area and funny stories. Very entertaining group!
Colonial Pemaquid is greatly assisted by the Friends of Colonial Pemaquid. Volunteers and sponsored interns provide some living history and assist with the gift shop and with events. The Friends put on an extensive summer program of lectures, workshops and entertainment. Check their schedule if you are here during the summer. We've attended some interesting and informative talks here.
Besides the fort tower, the old Fort House, dating from 1790, has an interpretive display, gift shop, a research library and houses the archaeological artifacts and research from the many digs here at Colonial Pemaquid. Near the fort are foundations of the walls of previous forts.
Down the hill from the Fort is a visitor center and excavated cellars from the village. The visitor center houses a number of displays. Next door, if you're hungry, is a restaurant- The Contented Sole. A kayak rental company launches their kayaks here on the river.
There is room to park RVs on the lower lot. It is within walking distance of Sherwood Forest Campsite and Cabins RV park. We've stayed there in the past. Lots of trees so our satellite Internet did not work but a nice place. Mid Coast Maine is a series of peninsulas. The Pemaquid peninsula, with the lighthouse of that name at its tip, is off Route 1A in Damariscotta. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak