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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.

Maine Lighthouse Tour (Part 2)

June 21, 2011 by Scott Gile

Last week we presented Part 1 of our Lighthouse Tour, heading south from Brewster House B&B in Freeport, Maine, and visiting Portland Head Lighthouse and Cape Elizabeth Light (Two Lights), as well as Cape Neddick Light (The Nubble).

This time we’ll turn to the north and take US-1 an hour or so north to Rockland, where you can optionally visit the Maine Lighthouse Museum. You can also go just a bit farther on US-1, to Camden, to enjoy the beautiful harbor town.

Owls Head Lighthouse

From Rockland, we’ll turn south, toward Owls Head, and visit Owls Head Lighthouse. The lighthouse, standing atop a small hill, but steep enough to require stairs to the top, overlooks Rockland Harbor and Penobscot Bay, providing magnificent views. The lighthouse was lighted in 1825 to help guide mariners safely into Rockland Harbor.

Leaving Owls Head, you may want to stop for a tour of the wonderful Owls Head Transportation Museum, with its antique automobiles, as well as old aeroplanes (all still in working order!) and more. Driving down the peninsula past Spruce Harbor and St. George, there are other lighthouses we can not see – Two Bush Island Light, Tenants Harbor Light, and Whitehead Light – all of which can only be seen from the water (or by air). Next we turn toward Port Clyde and Marshall Point Lighthouse. Be sure to visit the Port Clyde General Store, and view the harbor from their picnic tables (perhaps while eating lunch).

Marshall Point Lighthouse

Marshall Point Lighthouse, marking the entrance to Port Clyde Harbor, was first built in 1832, then rebuilt as it currently stands in 1857. The beautiful setting is popular with photographers, who gather at the site early, awaiting a spectacular sunset opportunity.

Returning to the north, we come to Thomaston, a lovely town with restored Victorian homes, shady trees, and a quaint downtown. Proceeding south on US-1, you’ll pass Moody’s Diner, where you can get almost anything, from a grilled cheese sandwich to a lobster dinner, and their blueberry pie (or ‘most any other you like) is always worth stopping for!

Pemaquid Point Light

At Damariscotta we’ll turn off US-1, pass through the pretty village, and follow Route 130 to the end, where we’ll visit Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. First built and lighted in 1827, the structure wasn’t sound, and was replaced in 1835. There is a magnificent view from the bluff where the lighthouse stands, and you can easily walk down the rocks to view the lighthouse from below. When volunteers are present you can go up in the tower, and there is a museum in the Keeper’s house.

The Cuckholds Light

Returning to Damariscotta and US-1, we can take the turnoff for Route 27 toward Boothbay Harbor, then turn toward West Boothbay and Newagen, where, near the end of Southport Island, we can see The Cuckolds Light. This lighthouse is not well known, and dates from 1892, when it was erected to prevent vessels from running aground on the ledges nearby.

We’ll return after a visit to Boothbay Harbor (and maybe an ice cream cone), taking US-1 south to Brewster House.

Get all the information on our Lighthouse Tour on our specials page.

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