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Evidence of Prehistoric Culture in Damariscotta Region

A vacation in the Midcoast region of Maine can be a relaxing escape, but it can also be a journey more than 2,000 years back in time.

The neighboring towns of Newcastle and Damariscotta have a rich colonial history dating to 1630. Along the banks for the tidal Damariscotta River, however, are some unusual archeological features that illustrate the lives of prehistoric Native Americans more than 20 centuries ago. Those early people came to the riverbanks to harvest oysters and left behind giant mounds of shells called middens – essentially trash heaps.

Evidence from these shell middens show that these people harvested oysters in late winter/early spring probably coinciding with the annual mid May migration of alewives. During the rest of the year, these natives traveled inland to farm and hunt, and there is no evidence of permanent settlements at these sites. The alkaline composition of the shells  preserved fragments of pottery and bones people used to shuck the oysters. The Whaleback Shell Midden is a state historic site, and explorers can hike to it. The midden was actually mined and the crumbled shells were used as chicken scratch in the late 19th century. The pile no longer resembles the creature for which it was named.

Although English settlers arrived in the region within a decade of the Mayflower’s arrival at Plymouth Rock, early villages were raided by Native Americans and were either wiped out or abandoned. The construction of Fort Frederick in 1729 successfully defended the area from two more Indian attacks, and permanent settlements began to grow in the 1730s.

In 1753, Newcastle was the first town to be incorporated within the colonial territory of Sagadahoc. It was named for the Duke of Newcastle, the King’s primary secretary and a friend of the colonies. Newcastle was a large and thriving ship-building town. Lincoln Academy, the region’s high school, was built in 1801. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, completed in 1808, is the oldest Catholic Church in New England.

Damariscotta was incorporated in 1848. Shipbuilding created wealth during the 1800s, when clipper ships were launched at the town shipyards. During that time, many beautiful examples of Federal, Greek Revival and Italianate architecture were built, creating a charm that still attracts tourists. The town is the peninsula’s year-round commercial center, with shops, galleries, and restaurants. It’s home to several historic landmarks, arts organizations, and the Damariscotta River Association, a community land trust — all dedicated to preserving the area’s rich cultural and natural heritage.

A bridge over the Damariscotta River links Newcastle and Damariscotta, which now are often referred to as the Twin Villages. We’re proud of our region’s rich heritage and hope you will enjoy it, too, as guests of Newcastle Inn.

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Please join us for our New Year's Eve Dinner as we ring in 2019!

Learn more

Recent Blog Post

image of warm fruit compote

Warm Fruit Compote

Warm your soul this season and try our warm fruit compote when you stay at Newcastle Inn. Perfect for autumn and winter this dish is more a technique than a recipe and the results are delicious! Our c […]

exterior image of Newcastle Inn

5 Reasons to Stay at a Bed and Breakfast

Whether you are planning a weekend getaway, family vacation or a business trip, booking your stay at a bed and breakfast is the best way to go! Read here for a few reasons to stay at a bed and breakfa […]

6 Ways to Enjoy Coastal Maine in the Fall

It’s that time of year again when the air gets a bit cooler, colorful leaves paint the landscapes around us, and festivals take place almost every weekend, it’s fall time in Maine! So, start planning […]

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