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Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site

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Loved the story trail

We were passing by and decided to check this place out. It’s interesting to learn about the shell... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2018
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Pretty cool

Historic site of huge oyster middens that were also commercially harvested. Pretty walk too... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2017
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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US Route 1 Business/Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543
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Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

We were passing by and decided to check this place out. It’s interesting to learn about the shell middens that were accumulated over centuries by native Americans. The extra treat was the story trail, pages from an illustrated book about meadow ecology that adorned the...More

Thank intreped
Reviewed 4 September 2018

After a short walk, you reach the midden but it's very difficult to see the shells. Taking the path to the left near the shore, look across the river & more middens are evident. The park is tucked away & Siri could not find it.

Thank atlvnv
Reviewed 15 August 2018

Easy parking off Rt. 1 in Damariscotta, near Biscay Rd. Short walk to the Damariscotta River. Look down as you walk, and you'll see you're standing on ancient shell middens. Stay on the cleared patch, and watch out for ticks!

Thank willroberts672
Reviewed 29 July 2018

We came to Damariscotta to visit the Frances Perkins Center (room, really) on a day that was foggy on the coast. What a lovely thing, that people in this little town along Route 1 (or Business Route 1, which could benefit from better signage, btw),...More

Thank Sylvie07
Reviewed 21 August 2017

Historic site of huge oyster middens that were also commercially harvested. Pretty walk too through the fields too!

Thank Ellenmelon149
Reviewed 9 August 2017

I live in the area and I can't think of another historic spot in the state that is older than this one. Native people started discarding their shells when they migrated here in the spring starting at about 200 BC and it went on until...More

1  Thank Damguy
Reviewed 13 July 2017

free to see, must be able to walk a bit. Follow a trail down to the waterfront, see the shell midden. Kids had a great time

1  Thank GeenaW718
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

I actually live in close proximity to this great trail and walk it quite often. I enter from the Round Top center for the Arts or the Whaleback Midden side. I have taken oodles of pictures as it's an ever changing view. It's actually two...More

1  Thank 79fortgirl
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

Very underwhelmed. If you are in town it's a quick visit. There were a ton of mosquitos so be sure you are sprayed down! I expected a mountain of shells and it was so underwhelming. The grounds were well kept.

Thank Kim A
Reviewed 28 May 2017

This is an interesting place for a short hike and some history. The hike is easy enough for all ages and abilities and signs explain the place in history of the shell heaps. Picnic tables make for a good picnic spot. Ice cream nearby at...More

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