Sunday, June 13, 2010

Maine's Midcoast

We moved on to the Saltwater Farm Campground on the Maine Coast in Cushing. The campground over looks the St. George River. This is a great area with many wonderful views of the islands and ocean along the coast. Our main interest here is the Farnsworth Art Museum in nearby Rockland.
This is beautiful Camden Harbor. They have daily windjammer cruises and we have put that on our to do list. We heard rumors that John Travolta has a home in the area and frequents the local restaurants.
This is the view of Camden from Camden Hills State Park. The park looks out over Penobscot Bay with its many islands and Acadia National Park in the distance.
I enjoyed my first Maine lobster dinner. Places that sell lobster are more common here than pizza places in WashPA. It was excellent and very reasonable.
In Rockland we walk to the end of the mile long breakwater to see the lighthouse. Unfortunately it is only open on the weekends so we just relaxed and soaked up the sun and scenery.
In Thomaston is Montpelier, the home of Henry Knox, a Revolutionary War hero who served as Washington's Secretary of War. The home is open for tours, but that will have to wait for another visit. According to the 1840 census this little town was home to three of the nations seven millionaires. There are many outstanding homes that attest to the towns bygone wealth.
The main reason for our stop was to visit the Farnsworth Art Museum. The museum has an excellent collection of American artists, including one entire building dedicated to three generations of the Wyeth family artists, N.C., Andrew and Jamie. Photographs of their work were not allowed. The museum was originally funded by Lucy Farnsworth the daughter of a local businessman who left her million plus fortune to the town to build a museum/library. The home (above) is a great example of a wealthy merchant's home in the late 1800's. All the furnishings are exactly as Lucy left them when she died at 97 in 1937. The only change was the addition of electricity.
A few of the works at the museum that we could photograph.
To anyone familiar with the work of Andrew Wyeth, you will recognize the Olson house in our rendition of Nancy's World. The home is a very typical of Maine with the carriage house attached to the home. The home is open as part of the museum, but in a rare happening for us we were too early and did not get to tour the inside. This is another reason we will have to return here someday.

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