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Winter Activities & Events in Mid-Coast Maine

Winter is here! While summer days along the Maine coast are what people look forward to all year long, winter in Maine is a special time of year with snow-dusted sand dunes, glistening lighthouses, fe […]

How to Spend the Holidays in Midcoast Maine

It’s that time of year again, when snow blankets the rugged coastline, villages are lit with colorful lights, and the aroma of hot chocolate lingers in the air. With traditional holiday events, Midcoa […]

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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 […]

Historic Shell Middens on Damariscotta River

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Less than a mile from Newcastle Inn, you will find something known as a shell midden. The one closest to the inn, on the western banks of the Damariscotta River, is known as the Glidden Midden. There is another midden, the Whaleback Midden, just opposite on the eastern banks of the river. Unfortunately, this one was largely destroyed back in the late 1880’s when it was mined for chicken feed.

What is a midden? Basically, it is a dump, a location where people brought their refuse, which in this case included lots and lots of oyster shells. It is believed that these middens were formed over a period of 1,000 years from 200 BC to AD 1000. Until you get down to the water level you don’t realize that the wooded area you just walked through, to get to the river, is a pile of oyster shells that is about 100 feet long and 20 feet high!

On a recent walk there I was astounded by the size of some of the oyster shells. There was one that had to be at least 6″ long.  I have heard that when archeologists were digging in the area that they found oyster shells 8″ in length.

This is just one of many unique things to see and do when you visit this special part of MidCoast Maine. We will get your day off to a great start with a delicious breakfast and send you on your way to explore the Shell Middens.

Recent Blog Post

Winter Activities & Events in Mid-Coast Maine

Winter is here! While summer days along the Maine coast are what people look forward to all year long, winter in Maine is a special time of year with snow-dusted sand dunes, glistening lighthouses, fe […]

How to Spend the Holidays in Midcoast Maine

It’s that time of year again, when snow blankets the rugged coastline, villages are lit with colorful lights, and the aroma of hot chocolate lingers in the air. With traditional holiday events, Midcoa […]

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 […]

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