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Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site

US Route 1 Business/Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543
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Great Walk, Lots of History

Easy parking off Rt. 1 in Damariscotta, near Biscay Rd. Short walk to the Damariscotta River. Look... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
willroberts672
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Boston, Massachusetts
Short hike to see historic site

We came to Damariscotta to visit the Frances Perkins Center (room, really) on a day that was foggy... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sylvie07
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Paris, France
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US Route 1 Business/Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Easy parking off Rt. 1 in Damariscotta, near Biscay Rd. Short walk to the Damariscotta River. Look down as you walk, and you'll see you're standing on ancient shell middens. Stay on the cleared patch, and watch out for ticks!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came to Damariscotta to visit the Frances Perkins Center (room, really) on a day that was foggy on the coast. What a lovely thing, that people in this little town along Route 1 (or Business Route 1, which could benefit from better signage, btw),...More

Thank Sylvie07
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

Historic site of huge oyster middens that were also commercially harvested. Pretty walk too through the fields too!

Thank Ellenmelon149
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

I live in the area and I can't think of another historic spot in the state that is older than this one. Native people started discarding their shells when they migrated here in the spring starting at about 200 BC and it went on until...More

Thank Damguy
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

free to see, must be able to walk a bit. Follow a trail down to the waterfront, see the shell midden. Kids had a great time

1  Thank GeenaW718
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Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

I actually live in close proximity to this great trail and walk it quite often. I enter from the Round Top center for the Arts or the Whaleback Midden side. I have taken oodles of pictures as it's an ever changing view. It's actually two...More

1  Thank 79fortgirl
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Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Very underwhelmed. If you are in town it's a quick visit. There were a ton of mosquitos so be sure you are sprayed down! I expected a mountain of shells and it was so underwhelming. The grounds were well kept.

Thank Kim A
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Reviewed 28 May 2017

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
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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
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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

3  Thank Peregrine1111
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