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Photo Credit: Photo by Elizabeth Bouve, from Historic Maine Homes


In Bangor, the 31-foot statue of legendary lumberjack Paul Bunyan still stands tall over what was once the “Lumber Capital of the World.” In the 1830s, the city was home to more than 300 sawmills, and you can still see the Federal-style mansions constructed during the lumber boom in the Broadway region. Horror novelist Stephen King resides in this neighborhood—and many scenes from his books and movies were taken from actual sites in Bangor. You can take a "Tommyknockers and More" bus tour to see some of these locations.

History and Museums

You can see an authentic reconstruction of a logging and milling community at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum. You can also see 19th-century buildings in the West Market Square Historic District and visit Mount Hope Cemetery, the nation’s second-oldest garden cemetery. About 500 members of the Penobscot—once the largest tribe of the Wabanaki Confederacy—still live on the Indian Island Reservation just north of the city. You can see authentic tribal artifacts at the museum on the island. You and your children can also visit The Maine Discovery Museum, the largest children’s museum north of Boston.

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