|CASTINE IN BRIEF|
The lovely, historic town of Castine is situated at the end of a peninsula on the east side of Penobscot Bay, at the confluence of the Penobscot and Bagaduce Rivers, about 15 miles south of Bucksport and U.S. Highway 1. Technically, Castine is a two-mile-wide island, since the British soldiers dug a small canal aross the marshy isthmus on the north side.
The first view of Castine is from across the meadows and salt marshes that run between the two rivers, a view that will be preserved forever thanks to the generosity of the members of the Castine Conservation Trust. Across the meadow looms the hill of Castine, like a giant turtles back protruding from the surrounding waters. Little of the town other than the forest of its large natural preserve, Witherle Woods, is seen at this point.
The road crosses the tiny isthmus quickly, turns to the east and makes a steep run to the top through dense woods. Before finishing the climb, the road turns sharply to the right and presto, into the openness of the Castine Golf Club with verdant greens and open fairways on both sides. Next on the right appear four soft clay tennis courts, the old Club House and the Golf Pro Shack. All facilities of the Club are available to visitors for reasonable fees.
Main Street starts directly in front of the Club House and runs about a half-mile from this high point to the town docks directly below on the deep, cold waters of the Bagaduce River. Most of the commercial activities are located around the town docks: several restaurants, a variety store, a food market, a barbershop, a gift shop, several art galleries, a large boat yard and real estate and other offices.
As one heads down Main Street, it becomes apparent that Castine is truly a unique Maine village. The great and ancient American elms that have been destroyed by disease in most New England towns are healthy and glorious in Castine due to its remote location and the vigilance of its citizens. Homes from the late 18th nad early 19th centuries, most in pristine condition, abound here, with a breadth and width to the community that is unknown in most coastal towns. Lastly, and its best-kept secret, Castine also has a sandy tidal beach ideal for children.
The beauty of Castine awaits you. Come!