Nestled at the confluence of the Penobscot River and Penobscot Bay, the town of Bucksport depicts a progressive coastal town offering unique amenities that include sightseeing, fishing, exploring historic sites, a historic movie theatre, and much more. Even a touch of mystery can be found when visiting one longtime tourist attraction, the grave of the town’s founder, Colonel Jonathan Buck. The outline of a leg on the gravestone has spurred many legends, including one which tells of a curse set against Buck by a woman whom he allegedly sentenced to death for witchcraft.
Those interested in sightseeing will enjoy a trip to the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory in Prospect-Bucksport. From the top of the 42 story high bridge tower, you can see beautiful Penobscot Bay as it meets the Penobscot River and a spectacular 360-degree view of the Maine coast south to the Camden Hills, east to Mount Desert Island and northwest to the eastern reaches of the Appalachian Trail and Mount Katahdin. The Bridge’s Observation Tower is one of only three such bridge observatories in the world. Fully accessible by elevator, the tower is open from May through October.
Looking across the bay you’ll see Fort Knox, Maine’s most visited historic site, located on the west bank of the Penobscot River. In an area known as the Penobscot Narrows, Fort Knox is the largest and one of the best-preserved fortifications on the New England seacoast. The Fort has many unique architectural features including plenty of tunnels and turrets to explore, as well as a rich history behind its cannon batteries. Visitors can explore the Fort and discover this treasure of Maine and United States from May through November, with special events held throughout the season.