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The first recorded settlement at Wiscasset was in 1660. A century later, Wiscasset Point was one of three parishes incorporated in Pownalborough. It took the name of Wiscasset in 1802. As Wiscasset prospered as a deep-harbor shipping port during the late 18th-and-19th centuries, grand homes were built. These include the Nickels-Sortwell House, the Wood-Foote House and the Governor Smith House. Many still exist, making Wiscasset one of the most architecturally rich communities in Maine.
From the end of the Revolution to the Embargo of 1807, Wiscasset had no equal in Maine as a shipping port. So many ships registered there, it was said you could walk from deck to deck all the way across the harbor.
Today, visitors come for Wiscasset's natural beauty, vibrant businesses and historic treasures.