19th Century and Onwards, Places

Boothbay Railway Village & Pemaquid Point Light, Maine

A few years ago, my husband and I vacationed in Vacationland, also known as Maine, where we visited a couple of great historical sites. One was the Boothbay Railway Village, which featured a working steam locomotive that toured around the site on a narrow-gauge track. The village itself is a recreated one, using buildings and memorabilia from about 1850 to the mid-20th century. The buildings included a general store, a hardware store, and the Town Hall. The Town Hall was built in 1847, and was restored and moved to its current location in 1990, where it’s still used by the town of Boothbay today.


There was even a replica rural Canadian train station, complete with period memorabilia.


We also enjoyed the wonderfully creepy little figurines in their tiny settings. They moved when you pressed a button! How could you not be charmed by that? I regret not taking a photo of the Salt and Pepper House, with its hundreds of salt and pepper shakers on display. I love those unique, often odd details in these local museums.


After the Railway Village, we made our way to the Pemaquid Point Light. Part of the reason we decided to visit this particular lighthouse was because we could go up to the top, and the view was well worth the climb up the winding staircase.


We checked out the Fishermen’s Museum, located in the old lightkeeper’s house, with much of the collection coming from local homes and families. “Whatever was in people’s attics,” the museum guide said.


She wasn’t wrong – the Fishermen’s Museum began as a community project in 1972, when local women decided that people should know about what working fishermen went through. Now, the museum contains detailed logs and articles describing various historical events in the local fishing industry – a lot of interesting information!