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Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site

US Route 1 Business/Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543
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Short hike and history.

This is an interesting place for a short hike and some history. The hike is easy enough for all... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Portland, Maine
An interesting historical attraction!

The shell middens were left behind by local Native American. They are mostly oyster shells. Take... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2017
Monticello, Florida
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2 days ago
“Short hike and history.”
20 Mar 2017
“An interesting historical attraction!”
US Route 1 Business/Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is an interesting place for a short hike and some history. The hike is easy enough for all ages and abilities and signs explain the place in history of the shell heaps. Picnic tables make for a good picnic spot. Ice cream nearby at...More

Thank TundraJayco
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

The shell middens were left behind by local Native American. They are mostly oyster shells. Take the lovely walk through an apple orchard down to the shore. The middens are much larger on the opposite side of the river. You can see them from this...More

1  Thank Bashaboo
Reviewed 26 July 2016

While this is an ancient spot, the shell middens are mostly on view 'across' the river with only some on the side you can walk to. Sadly, there isn't much there, but if you like a short rest (to eat your round top ice cream)...More

2  Thank Peregrine1111
Reviewed 1 September 2015

The midden is close to route one and easy to get to. The history is interesting and educational. A good short stop. Nice walk down to the river.

1  Thank Tom G
Reviewed 20 August 2015

Unique spot where Native Americans over 1300 years ago began to toss their oyster shells, so that at one point the mounds were 30 feet deep. You really get a sense of people having lived here - a truly deep, internal feeling that any archeological...More

3  Thank poemweaver
Reviewed 23 June 2015

Trail was a little grassy and I would suggest using Off but it was an interesting walk especially since we were with a couple named Glidden who were able to look across the river and see the midden with their namesake. This is interesting but...More

5  Thank Robert M
Reviewed 23 May 2015

My wife and I had more fun reading about the midden on the informational sign and strolling through the apple orchards than actually seeing the shell piles. The midden used to be gigantic, but most of it was mined in 1886 to be added to...More

3  Thank PAsunshine90
Reviewed 1 April 2015

If you think a long walk through tall grass to a native American garbage pile sounds like fun, then this is the spot for you! Seriously, I love this place. It is a beautiful location, and you can contemplate how the native Americans lived in...More

4  Thank jdub89
Reviewed 13 January 2015

This site is an old oyster shell heap from the Native Americans. Nice walking trail through the field-there is a section that is rather steep but you can avoid that if you need to. Apple orchard on the site makes for deer sightings sometimes.

2  Thank dakotamia
Reviewed 28 August 2014

I thought this might be interesting, but it didn't amount to much, unfortunately. The trail guide online shows a loop, but when we got there, the sign for "Shells" pointed off to the right, across a field. The field was being mowed and the only...More

1  Thank lucy23st
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