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Drive ME Historic Tours

Maine Preservation has created these historic tours to celebrate Maine’s bicentennial in 2020 by featuring pre-statehood places and the people who forged early Maine with conveniently mapped out trips. Explore Maine’s cultural and architectural roots as you travel by some of the state’s best examples of mid-18th- and early-19th-century architecture.

There are 26 tours to enjoy throughout the many unique regions in Maine. You can see homes built in the 1700s, when Maine was still part of Massachusetts and under British rule, like the Thomas Perkins House in Kennebunkport or the McCobb-Hill-Minott House in Phippsburg.

While many of the houses are privately owned, some have been turned into museums, like the Wadsworth-Longfellow House in Portland, which was the childhood home of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, or the Holmes-Crafts Homestead in Jay, which is part of the Jay Historical Society and available for tours by appointment.

The tours are organized by region and range from 30 minutes to four hours of exploration. On your way, be sure to experience some of Maine’s beautiful and historic downtowns, many of which are nationally accredited Main Street communities and are vibrant places to find local food, shops, cultural happenings and distinct New England architecture. We recommend giving yourself plenty of extra time to take in the sights and support local businesses along the way!

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