Maine, Lobsters, and the State of Peace of Mind

A typical house in Wiscasset or Edgecomb painted in white with green shutters, and barn
A typical house in Wiscasset or Edgecomb painted in white with green shutters, and barn

The State of Maine was at one time part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Some of the following photos are of Down East, part of Maine, or the mid-section of the Atlantic coast of Maine.  Some of the villages and towns include Wiscasset, Edgecomb, and Damariscotta.

The entire town of Wiscasset, Maine, is preserved as a National Historic Landmark. A typical plan is a wood frame house with a fireplace in the living room, staircase running up the middle of the house, double-hung windows and green shutters on both sides, with a living room on one side, and a dining room on the other side. The bedroom areas occupy the second floor. It is unusual in the area to see a house painted in any color other than white.

The Town of Wiscasset is known for Red’s Lobsters, the phone-booth sized dispensary of the best lobster sandwiches on the planet. And that’s no exaggeration.

Overlooking Calibogue Sound (ICW) From Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Waterway at sunset
Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

For some time, there has been much debate over where the northern terminus of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) might be located. When I appeared as the “waterway expert” on the Modern Marvels documentary “Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway” shown on the History Channel, the writer/producer contended as many still do, that the AIW begins in Miami and ends in Boston. But as many point out, and I agree,the barrier islands along the Atlantic coast end in Virginia. And for the most part, there is open water north of Virginia,with some exceptions like the Cape Cod Canal.

In the early 1900’s, a new renaissance arose over federal support of inland waterways with the election of progressives like Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency and Napoleon Bonaparte Broward to the Florida gubernatorial post. More than thirty citizen’s groups lobbied Congress for inland waterway support. Among the most influential was the Atlantic Deeper Waterways Association (ADWA) led by Congressman Joseph Hampton Moore of Philadelphia. The ADWA had over 500 members, representing the coastal states from Maine to Florida when it first met in Philadelphia in 1907. The ADWA would spend the next three decades lobbying Congress for a continuous Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, which would officially open in 1935 from Miami, Florida to Trenton, New Jersey. ┬áCourtesy, the author.