Transportation Museums of the Maine Coast,
Wood Boats and Airplanes
Maine Coast Transportation Museums,
Art Museums and Nature Preserves on Maine's Coast
Travel further north and you come to the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Rockland and its collection of antique aircraft.
They also show antique trucks, including a 1916 Reo and a 1926 Model-T snowmobile along with classic cars and vintage commercial vehicles.
The stars here, however, are the WWI fighter aircraft including a 1923 Fokker, a 1917 Curtiss Jenny, and a 1916 Sopwith Pup, so frail that you would not think that they could fly. Watch restorers do incredible work with these beautiful machines and join the summer fly-in swap meets, classic car auctions, and antique auto shows where they pull out the chocks and fly a few of their 28 vintage airplanes that date from a recreated 1804 glider to a 1946 fighter.
They also have engine displays, special antique transportation exhibits, and free rides in a Model T Ford.
Ten miles north will put you in Windjammer country and the port of Camden, home to a fleet of antique schooners that offer daily or week-long cruises where you relive the days of the tall sailing ships that hauled fish and ice, lumber and lime from the ports of Maine to the cities along the Atlantic coast.
When you feel that tug of nostalgia for simpler times and the lure of those venerable machines, come to the Maine Coast antique transportation museums. Here you can step back to the turn of the last century into graceful chariots of iron and wood, canvas and wire to relive an era.
North along coastal Route One, you come to the shipbuilding town of Bath, still making steel warships. Beside the shipyard along the shore of the Kennebec River stretches the Maine Maritime Museum, once the home of the Percy and Small Shipyard. Wood boat lovers and students still practice the craft in the caulker's shed, joiner shop, mold loft, and the tree nail shop where once square riggers took shape including the largest ever built, the six-masted schooner Wyoming. Andrew Wyeth fans can see his small wood pleasure boat moored on the river and art lovers will see great marine models and paintings in the museum's gallery.
A little further north, near Wiscasset, you find the Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway, one man's dream to rebuild a narrow gage rail line the had lain dormant since its last run in June of 1933. Over the years Harry Percival's enthusiasm enticed 700 volunteers to join him and these train lovers have faithfully restored the buildings, station, and rolling stock and have found one of the original narrow-gage steam engines that operated on the line in the 30s. Each summer weekend they haul passengers on over a mile of track built on the old right of way that once brought lumber and coal to the mills, potatoes, mail, and shoppers to the seaport of Wiscasset.
Antique Trains, Planes, and Automobiles,
the old ones have gone to pasture in coastal Maine
On mid coast Maine you can find World War I airplanes at the Owls Head Antique Air Museum in Rockland, wood sailing ships at the Shipbuilding Museum in Bath, brass lamp Stanley Steamers at the Auto Museum at Wells, narrow gage steam engines at the Maine Narrow Gage Railroad Museum in Portland, antique electric trains at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, and antique Schooners still sailing the bays out of Camden.
Transportation Museums of the Maine Coast include World War I airplanes at the Owls Head Antique Air Museum in Rockland, brass lamp Stanley Steamers at the Auto Museum at Wells, and narrow gage steam trains at Portland's Maine Narrow Gage Railroad Museum.
Transportation Museums of the Maine Coast include the World War I airplanes at the Owls Head Antique Air Museum in Rockland along with its antique autos.
The Wells Antique Auto Museum displays brass lamp Stanley Steamers and steam train rides are offered on weekends at Portland Maine Narrow Gage Railroad Museum.
Narrow Gage at Alna near Wiscasset
Antique aircraft at Owls Head Antique Air Museum in Rockland
How to Reach the Maine Coast From Boston Go north on Route I-95 to Portsmouth New Hampshire. and then Maine. The first coastal town will be Kittery
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