Pemaquid Peninsula: A Midcoast Maine History

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Offshore fishermen and skillful shipbuilders transformed the quiet shores of the Pemaquid Peninsula beginning in 1815. The maritime economy drove local commerce until enterprising locals turned to ice harvesting, granite quarrying, brick making, lobster canning and pogy oil processing before summer tourism grew and thrived. The descendants of revolutionaries became the faces of a more prosperous generation—men like Albert Thorpe, who ran a popular summer hotel on the grounds where his grandfather had salted and dried his catch decades earlier. Today, summer rusticators discover the enduring natural beauty at the heart of the Pemaquid Peninsula. Journey to the past with Pemaquid native and historian Josh Hanna as he discovers these timeless shores.
ISBN: 9781467118071
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Maine
Series: Brief History
Images: 92
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Josh Hanna is a Pemaquid native who was born in Damariscotta, lived in Round Pond, went to school in Pemaquid Falls, played baseball in New Harbor and always had a sense of the rich history surrounding him as a boy. His family was the last to live in the keeper's house at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse before the building became today's Fishermen's Museum. He graduated magna cum laude with high honors in history from Dartmouth College and received his MBA at Harvard Business School before serving as a longtime executive at He has a real passion for all things local and family history. He lives in Mill Valley, California, with his wife and two daughters.
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