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From Horses to Horsepower: Owls Head Transportation Museum

March 26, 2013 by Scott Gile

Every year we try to make it to Owls Head, Maine (about an hour north of Brewster House on US-1) to visit Owls Head Transportation Museum.

Why would we do that? How good can a transportation museum be in a sleepy coastal Maine town of about 1,600 souls? Wonder no further - it is that good!

Even the museum’s website may fool you – it has plenty of information, but it bears the look of a site that has gone through changes – and not all the changes made it to all the pages. Some parts look newer than others, but, in general, you wouldn’t accuse it of being a cutting-edge site. Do not let that fool you!

The collections at OHTM include aircraft, automobiles, motorcycles, carriages, bicycles and engines. In addition, there are current exhibitions of MG’s (a dozen or more), microcars (you have to see them), and even a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette!

The collection of aircraft is exceptional, with examples of all sorts of pre-WW2 aircraft, including a full-size replica of the Wright brothers’ plane. All but that one can and do actually fly, using the adjacent airstrip.

The collection of antique automobiles is truly amazing. In addition to the MG’s, there are beautifully restored examples from Stanley, Cadillac, Mercedes, Oldsmobile, Ford, Rolls Royce, Packard, Pierce-Arrow, and more!

As if the exhibits and collections weren’t enough, there are special events almost every weekend, from the March 23 & 24 Midcoast Model Festival, the May 25 & 26 Owls Head Spring Antique Auto & Aeroplane Show, through the season-ending (though the museum remains open all year) Nov. 2 & 3 The Great Fall Auction & Flea Market.

Maybe you’d like to join us there…

Ruth & Scott
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, Freeport, Maine

A Day Trip to Owl’s Head

August 16, 2011 by Scott Gile

Yesterday was a bit rainy, which, for guests in our bed & breakfast in Freeport Maine, usually means shopping at the Freeport outlets and shops. However, this time the guests had done all the shopping they wanted for the moment, and were looking for a great rainy day sightseeing adventure.

One of our favorite suggestions is a day trip north up US-1, and the Owls Head Peninsula, on Penobscot Bay. Turning north from Brewster House, US-1 passes through Brunswick and Bath, then Woolwich and then Montsweag, on to Wiscasset, Damariscotta and Newcastle, Nobleboro, Waldoboro, and Thomaston, before reaching Rockland, where you’ll turn right on Maine Route 73. Nearly all of these towns have interesting places to visit, and side trips down the peninsulas and islands take you to Bailey Island, Harpswell, Popham Beach, Five Islands, Boothbay Harbor, and Pemaquid Point and yield the beauty of sandy beaches, old forts, beautiful harbors and magnificent lighthouses, though some may not be quite the same on a rainy day, as you would see on a bright, sunny day.

If you enjoy lighthouses, you should stop in Rockland for a visit to the Maine Lighthouse Museum for a view of their extensive collection of lighthouse information and artifacts.

Turning down Route 73 into Owls Head, be sure to visit the Owls Head Transportation Museum. In addition to their huge display of collections of aircraft, automobiles, motorcycles, carriages, bicycles, and engines, they have special events throughout the year. From fly-ins to drive-ins, to antique auto auctions, there is something for everyone. What a wonderful way to spend a rainy day!

If the weather clears (or if you want one of those mystical photos of the lighthouse appearing through the fog, clouds, or rain), go the short way down Shore Drive to Owls Head State Park, where you’ll find Owls Head Lighthouse. The view of Owls Head Bay to the right is gorgeous, but when you climb the steps to the base of the lighthouse, you suddenly see that all of Penobscot Bay is revealed over the hill! What a magnificent sight!

If time and weather permit, go south on Route 73 to Saint George, then turn left on Route 131, through Tenants Harbor to Port Clyde. Near Port Clyde, Marshall Point Lighthouse sits at the entrance to picturesque Port Clyde harbor, where you’ll find photographers waiting for the sunset to take their photos. You may recognize Marshall Point lighthouse from the film, Forrest Gump.

After returning to US-1 via Route 131, be sure to stop at Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro for dinner (they serve everything from a grilled cheese sandwich to a full lobster dinner) or at least for some of their wonderful blueberry pie! It’s a genuine, old-fashioned, Maine diner experience.

From that point it is less than an hour back to Brewster House Bed & Breakfast in Freeport.

Spies, Flowers and Automobiles along the Maine Coast

May 25, 2011 by Scott Gile

Spring is the season to be in Maine! The weather is gorgeous today, sunny and heading for a high about 70 F, or so they say.

One of the nice things about the Maine coast is that many of the things to do are both indoors and out, so you can enjoy the nice weather, or get shelter from the harsher forms, and still enjoy the activities. Tickets for all these locations may be purchased (usually at a significant discount) during your stay at our Freeport Maine bed and breakfast.

Spies and military secrets abound this spring at the Maine Maritime Musuem, as their exhibit, Cold Waters, Cold War, traces covert military activity in Maine from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery to the Very Low Frequency Transmitter in Cutler, and more. To enjoy the weather, afterward you can take a trolley tour of next door’s Bath Iron Works, and see modern U.S. Navy ships being built, or take a lighthouse or nature cruise, as well as touring the other museum exhibits, buildings and grounds.

Spring has indeed sprung at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Spring flowers are in full bloom, and there are literally dozens of event scheduled for garden enthusiasts of all ages. The photos of the current flowers, and exhibits are shown on the gardens blog.

Meanwhile, for the transportation fan, Owls Head Transportation Museum‘s upcoming event is their Ford & Chevy Auto Spectacular and Antique Aeroplane Show, this weekend, May 28 & 29.

In addition to the exhibitor vehicles for the Ford & Chevy spectacular, several of the Musuem’s antique automobiles will be on display on Runway 17 including its 1932 Chevrolet Confederate Roadster and 1940 Ford Woodie Station Wagon.

The Museum will also demonstrate a few of its turn-of-the-century automobiles as well as give free rides in Ford Model Ts. Special children’s activities — including our popular styrofoam airplane-building workshop—and Museum tours are planned. There will be plenty of fun for the whole family.

The antique aeroplane show will begin at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting.

Each of these museums has shows throughout the season, so whenever you are planning your visit to Maine, there will always be something happening.

A Great Afternoon Indoors (Rain or Shine)

May 17, 2011 by Scott Gile

1908 Stanley Model K

It’s a bit rainy in Maine this week, so our guests were looking for something to do that is mostly indoors. We quickly recommended the Owls Head Transportation Museum for an easy drive up US-1, and a nice day of exploring cars, planes, and more.

Just recently we made our first visit to the museum to see what they had to offer. We were surprised to find it considerably larger than we had expected, and filled with wonderful examples of antique autos and aeroplanes, plus a number of other interesting devices (like the Model-T snowmobile, or the Bi-Autogo – kind of like a large motorcycle, with a V-8  engine, a body like a car, and retractable side-wheels to keep it steady at lower speeds).

The aircraft include a Fokker Tri-Plane (think Red Baron), a Spad (Eddie Rickenbacker), and a Curtis “Jenny”. You can even take a ride in a 1978 Piper Cub,  a 1941 Stearman biplane, or a 1933 Waco biplane. A bit pricey, perhaps, but the thrill of a lifetime!

Ruth’s favorites were the Duesenberg and the Packard near the entrance (left)!  We also enjoyed the collection of antique MG’s – there were several different models scattered throughout the museum – as well as the various old Model-T’s and other wonderful exhibits of historic automobiles.

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