Settled in 1604, the historic town of Castine is one of the oldest in the nation and
the only town on the Peninsula to have been occupied at various times by the French, the Dutch and the English. Its strategic location at the mouth of the Penobscot River estuary, along with such colorful figures as Paul Revere and the Baron de St. Castin, made the town a notable trading and maritime center, and a prominent player in the fight for American independence.
Today, Castine offers walking tours of its historic buildings, including three forts and Dyce’s Head Lighthouse. Its downtown offers a wonderful mix of architectural gems, gracious hospitality and fine dining. Shops and galleries dot the hilly streets leading down to the waterfront.
Summer season in Castine offers something for everyone. Our 4th of July celebration includes a parade, firetruck rides, hot dogs, watermelon and a variety of children events on Town Common- a real “slice of Americana!” The day ends with an amazing fireworks display over our historic harbor. Also in July, we celebrate our French heritage with Bastille Day lectures, cooking demonstrations, kid-friendly events on Town Common and our Picnic en Blanc with hundreds, dressed in white, seated at a common table. And all summer long, the Castine Yacht Club hosts races on Penobscot Bay, in a variety of classes, including the Camden to Castine Classic Yacht Race. Throughout the summer, events and lectures are hosted by the Wilson Museum, Castine Historical Society and our Witherle Library where parents and children alike learn of our rich and storied history from events like Revolutionary and Civil War encampments/reenactments.